Shadow Plays of Peking - Wang Hsun, Lu Ching Ta (Lu Jing Da) 1953 - People's Fine Arts Publishing House, Peking - First Edition A large (52 x 38 cm) and rare silk bound and tied folio, presenting the history of Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279) shadow play, with 15 stunning full page colour lithographs of Chinese shadow puppets by Lu Ching-ta, and an introduction by Wang Hsu, text in Chinese, together with loose eight page pamphlet giving the title and full introduction in English, and detailed description of each illustration, and in the original dust jacket.

Edited by the Department of Applied Arts, Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing.
  Oblong folio (52 x 38 cm). pp. [1 (Title Page)] [1] [3 (Chinese text)] [1] followed by fifteen full page colour plates each with blank verso. In publisher’s silver-grey patterned silk over card boards, bound with silver grey silk ties through metal eyelets, front board with tipped on gilt bordered red label lettered in black Chinese calligraphy. Dust jacket without price, and with tipped on illustration of a shadow puppet. Publisher’s four sheet pamphlet (25.3 x 18 cm) containing six pages of the English translation, title page and blank verso, all printed in red.   Condition: Near fine, light crease to title page, eyelets a little rusted, dust jacket very good, with a number of long closed tears, the loosely inserted pamphlet is near fine with lightly creased front page.   Ref: 108908   Price: HK$ 13,000