Very Good / Very Good. Item #8734
Hong Kong: Hua Hsia Publications, 1972. First Thus. Updated homage re-issue of initial 1966 edition. Folio (39x28cm); 523pp. Over 2000 photographs (conservatively estimated) in color and B&W. Six panoramas on three fold-outs that extend to over 1.25m in length, with landscape, monument, and architectural vistas. All text bilingually presented in Chinese and English.
Pictorial dustjacket and endpapers of traditional architectural and tile motifs. Bound entirely in vivid turquoise silk into which a bordering frieze, floral and geometric motifs, and the title in Chinese and English have been integrally woven in contrasting gold, yellow, and blue silk.
Dustjacket shows minor chipping at spine crown and upper edges; jacket spine somewhat sunned; three closed tears (about 4cm) at top jacket edge. Top edge of silk panels and spine slightly sunned; one dark streak (1 cm) at upper edge of back panel silk. Textblock unmarred and unmarked.
This re-issue appeared from Hong Kong the same year as—and thus in some relation to—President Richard Nixon's newsmaking visit to mainland China. It belongs, superficially, to the oversized coffee-table genre of upbeat public relations, touristic, and travel surveys, but it is impressively sophisticated in the depth of its coverage, and offers—ganbei!—a convincing case for the adjective in its title.