China in Transition: A Moment in History - Henri Cartier-Bresson 1956 - Thames and Hudson, London - First English Edition, published the same year as the American Edition A nice example of Cartier-Bresson’s pictorial diary in the scarce dust-jacket, with 144 photographs taken by Cartier-Bresson during the 1949 revolution and with introduction by him.

Cartier-Bresson spent eleven months in China during 1948-1949, five months of which were under the Kuomintang government; he arrived in Beijing at the beginning of December 1948, just twelve days before the city was taken by Mao's troops, and left on the last plane out before they actually arrived there.
  Originally published in France by Robert Delpire, this pictorial diary is divided into several sections that correspond to the increasingly tumultuous nature of the events unfolding: The Celestial Empire; From Day to Day; The Last Days; The Interregnum; Celebrations and Planning; and Departure. But, as one might expect from Cartier-Bresson, the humanity he finds in his subjects belies the belies the violent upheaval that Chinese society was undergoing.

Quarto (27.4 x 21.7 cm) pp. 6 [4] [Plates 1-35] [2] [Plates 36-54] [2] [Plates 55-79] [2] [Plates 80-106] [2] [Plates 107-135] [2] Plates 136-144]. Section of plates paginated according to plate number and not page number. In publisher’s yellow cloth, lettered in red to spine, and blocked with symbol in red to front board. Dust jacket priced ‘42/-net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light spotting to edges and endpapers, in very good dust jacket, wear to edges and corners, 1cm chip to head of spine, small areas of laminate chipped to rear panel.   Ref: 108429   Price: HK$ 6,500