London, South Kensington
30 November 2010
MENNIE, Donald, photographer (fl. 1899-1941). The Grandeur of the Gorges. Shanghai: A.S. Watson & Co. Kelly & Walsh Ltd., 1926. 4° (312 x 248mm). Limitation leaf, half-title, title and initial to introduction printed in green and brown, text printed in brown. 50 mounted plates, the majority photogravure, twelve hand-coloured, the latter possibly gelatin silver prints, each approx. 150 x 218mm. (Occasional very faint marginal spotting.) Original pictorial embroidered silk binding, contained in the original pebble-grained brown cloth box (extremities lightly rubbed and soiled). Provenance: Edythe B. Grey and William J. Grey (ink presentation inscription to half-title to:) -- Lucy Nancy Lambert (subscriber's name printed on limitation leaf).
FIRST EDITION, limited to 1000 copies of which this is number 100. Mennie was a Scottish-born American photographer who initially worked as an assistant in the firm of Mactavish & Lehman & Co. in Beijing, and then for the MacTavish Photo Shop, one of the first producers of picture postcards of Shanghai. He later joined A.S. Watson & Co. in Shanghai, where he eventually becoming the firm's managing director. A.S. Watson is now the worlds largest retailer of health and beauty products, and in the 1920s it had a photographic division which published works such as the present lot.
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