The Grandeur of the Gorges.

MENNIE Donald (1926.)

£2000.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First edition. No. 403 of a limited edition of 1000 copies. 50 photographic plates (incl. 12 original hand-coloured gelatine silver prints). Folio. Original decorative silk binding, in the original box, a close to fine copy. Charlotte E. Couling's copy. Shanghai, Kelly & Walsh,

Donald Mennie (1899-1944) was trained as a chemist in Scotland. He came to China in 1899 and initially worked for Mactavish & Lehman in Beijing but later moved to Shanghai where he was in the employ of the chemist wine, spirit, & cigar merchants A. S. Watson & Co. Mennie was a gifted amateur photographer of the "pictorialist" school, and many of his images capture the feeling of the end-of-an-era. The present spectacular photographic record of the Upper Yangtze taken during two excursions in the low-level season, one on a steamer from Ichang to Chungking, the other by native boat through the districts between Ichang and Wan Hsien. Each plate faces a short descriptive note written by Lieut. Comdr. H. Foote Carey, who accompanied Mennie on the second trip. Two variants exist of the binding, the present one being the one with an embroydered scenic view of the Gorges.

Provenance: Inscribed by Charlotte Eliza Couling, the wife of Samuel Couling (1859-1922), the famous missionary scholar. 

Stock Code: 233745

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