Photography: 'Peking the Beautiful' Published in 1927
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Photography: 'Peking the Beautiful'
Published in 1927
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Photography: 'Peking the Beautiful'
Published in 1927
The hardbound volume covered in embroidered silk and consisting of seventy sepia and hand-tinted images of famous landmarks in Beijing, including views of the Yuanming Yuan, the Yihe Yuan,the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, the album compiled by Herbert C.White and introduced by the celebrated scholar Hu Shih, presentation box. The album 40cm x 33cm (15¾in x 13in) (2).

Footnotes

  • 《燕京勝績:Peking the Beautiful》相冊,含北京老照片
    1927年版

    The writer of the introduction, Hu Shi (1891-1962), was a leading public intellectual during the May Fourth Movement (1919) and the subsequent New Culture Movement. Hu advocated pragmatism, liberalism and the vernacular to replace Classical Chinese so as to increase literacy, and was president of Beijing University before he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1939.

    Hu had a broad range of interests including literature, history, textual criticism, and pedagogy, but he is perhaps most famous as a 'Redologist' or scholar of China's most famous novel Dream of the Red Mansions.

    Between 1938 and 1942, Hu was also the Republic of China's Ambassador to the United States. After he was recalled from the United States, Hu became Chancellor of Academia Sinica in Taipei until his death.
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