In Search of Old Peking - Lewis Charles Arlington, William Lewisohn 1935 - Henri Vetch, Peking - First Edition A nice copy signed by Arlington in 1939.

‘A painstakingly constructed portrait of one of the world's great cities in the 1930s. Until the Communist revolution of 1949, the standard guidebook to the architecture of the Chinese capital was
In Search of Old Peking by two long-time foreign residents, L.C. Arlington, an American naval officer who became a civil servant, and William Lewisohn, an English diplomat who ended up a journalist. The work still retains its charm, as the modern facsimile reprint of it shows, but it ceased to be a repository of practical information once Mao Zedong turned his attention to the city’. (Fetherling)

Profusely illustrated with frontispiece of the Emperor Yung Lo and 24 other images, together with 30 maps and plans many of which are folding; these include a plan on the front end-paper of the 19 tours in the city and suburbs of Peking which are described in the book; a map on the rear end-paper of the Peking Plain; and a large folding plan of Peking in three colours contained in a pocket on the inside of rear board.
  Lewis Charles Arlington (born 1859 in California) went to China in the latter part of 1879, and from 1880 to 1881, Arlington was one of the three foreign instructors at Li Hung-chang's naval academy at Tientsin. He lived through the Boxer Rebellion and was in the Chinese Navy [1884-5] fighting against the French in 1884. Arlington served as a high official in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service [1886-1905] and later in the Chinese Postal Service [1906-29] retiring as Commissioner. Initially interned by the Japanese in Hong Kong in 1941, he was later transferred to Shanghai and released on age and health grounds, he died in 1943.

Arlington authored many works on China, including authoritative texts on Chinese drama and guides to Peking. He was also a frequent contributor to
The China Review and The China Journal of Science & Arts.

William Lewisohn was a British Army officer turned journalist who worked for the Times of London. Arlington had served in the customs and postal administrations since his arrival in 1879.

Octavo (19 x 13 cm). pp. xii 382 [2]. In publisher’s maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt, with illustrated endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, edges of front and rear board a touch rubbed, head and tail of spine slightly bumped, light staining to lower edge of text block. light tape residue to front free endpaper.   Ref: 108814   Price: HK$ 3,000