The Shop Signs of Peking - H. K. Fung 1931 - Issued by the Chinese Painting Association of Peking, China - First Edition limited to 100 Copies A beautifully hand coloured book showing the signs used by Chinese shopkeepers to advertise their trade, with 101 hand-coloured illustrations of shop signs each accompanied by the Chinese and English description, together with a forward in English by H. K. Fung.   ‘The only explanation that I can give for the existence of these pictorial signs is that in the former times the percentage of illiteracy among the people was very low. I am sure with the establishment of the new public school system that most of the Chinese people can read the written language of the country. Therefore it is plain to see that these signs will gradually disappear as they are no longer necessary. Eventually they will become nothing but relics of the ancient Chinese Customs. So it is very advisable for those who are interested in things Chinese to add a copy of this album to their collection in Orientalia’. – From the preface by H. K. Fung.

Reference: Harvard-Yenching Library.
Oblong. pp. [vi] 18 numbered leaves with illustrations.
  Bound in patterned paper covered boards, embroidered silk cloth corners, silver title label to front panel lettered in Chinese, black strong ties.   Condition: Very good, uniform frame of fading to front panel, title label chipped, upper edge of pastedowns with wear, internally fine with the exception of a 3cm closed tear to the lower edge of sheet 7 not affecting text or illustrations.   Ref: 106549   Price: HK$ 41,000