Seven rare and privately-printed 'Christmas' booklets Signed by Ma Haide between 1975-1982, photographed by Rewi Alley
Lot 333
Seven rare and privately-printed 'Christmas' booklets
Signed by Ma Haide between 1975-1982, photographed by Rewi Alley
Sold for HK$ 8,750 (US$ 1,128) inc. premium
Lot Details
Seven rare and privately-printed 'Christmas' booklets
Signed by Ma Haide between 1975-1982, photographed by Rewi Alley
Each bound with a series of black and white gray-scale photographs by the photographer Rewi Alley, featuring lifestyle and cultural shots of figures in daily activities, some showing Ma Haide with his family and relatives, each signed and dated by Ma Haide with a series of personalised Christmas greetings and New Year wishes. Each: 8.3cm high. (7).

Footnotes

  • 1975至1982年 馬海德藏路易·艾黎影集書冊七組

    Provenance 來源:
    Ivan Malinowski collection (1926-1989)

    Ma Haide (1913-1988) was born George Hatem in an Arab immigrator's family in Buffalo, New York in 1910. Whilst on his way to achieving his MD in 1933, he made friends with a fellow international student and classmate from China. Ma was introduced to the whole new world of Asia: a country with a long splendid history but also stricken with poverty and sickness. Ma left for China alone to offer his medical services that same year. In Shanghai he met several friends including Song Qingling, who informed him that the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee (CCPCC) was inviting foreign journalists and doctors to help publicise policies and help the wounded against Japanese aggressors. Ma arrived and reported for duty in Ansai, northern Shaanxi province. He decided to stay on after his service to support the revolution efforts; several years later, Ma became the first non-Chinese member of the Chinese Communist Party and permanent resident of China. Ma passed away in 1988.

    The photographs printed in the booklet were taken by Rewi Alley (1897-1987), a New Zealand-born prolific writer on twentieth century China and the Cultural Revolution. Rewi dedicated sixty years of his life to the cause of the Communist Party of China and was a key figure in establishing inter-cooperation between industries, education and vocational studies. Rewi migrated to Shanghai in 1927 and he gradually became aware of the poverty in the Chinese community and the racism in the Western communities. He continued to work for the Communist party after the victory over the Nationalists in 1949, producing many works praising the Party, government and the People's Republic of China.

    The current lot was acquired directly from the personal library of Ivan Malinowski (1926-1989), a Danish poet and translator, known for writing political poems and essays in a modernist tradition.

    此七組影集書冊由丹麥詩人及翻譯家伊万·馬林諾夫斯基(1926-1989)舊藏。每冊包括紐西蘭裔著名攝影師及作家路易·艾黎從1927年始在中國六十年間對其鏡頭對當時中國社會貧窮及種族衝突的記錄,並有馬海德親筆手寫的祝福及問候墨筆。
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