People in China. Thirty-two photographic studies from life - Ellen Thorbecke, Friedrich Schiff (illustrator) 1935 - George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition A lovely copy, in the scarce original dust jacket. With an introduction by W. J. R. Thorbecke. Illustrated with one colour plate by F. H. Schiff and 32 mounted photographic plates by Ellen Thorbecke.

‘In the 1930's, Dutch photographer Ellen Thorbecke took a series of photos in China with the use of many experimental techniques. Her portraits covered a wide range of people, including an industrialist, a peddler, a student, a country woman, a soldier and so on. Accompanied with every portrait, there was a brief biography about the person. Like her photos, those "micro stories" composed a "macro view" of the Chinese society. While most Westerners were interested in “typical scenes” of China, Thorbecke went beyond producing stock photography by telling the story behind each photo and thus depicting the deeper layer of the Chinese society.’ [Dr. Chong-ho Yu]

Illustrated by Friederich Schiff, an Austrian artist, prolific cartoonist whose work appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East. They had previously collaborated in 1934 on
Peking Studies and on a similar guide book Shanghai in 1938.
  Ellen Thorbecke, née Ellen Catleen, was a distinguished German photo journalist who had worked in China throughout the 1930s and had married the Netherlands’ Minister in China Dr. W. J. R. Thorbecke.

Quarto (book size 35 x 23.2 cm) pp. 141 [3]. Publisher’s illustrated paper boards, cloth spine lettered in dark grey. Dust jacket priced ‘15/-net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, wear to corners, small split in cloth to spine tail, in near fine dust jacket, with light wear to spine ends and corners, minor toning to spine and upper edges, 3cm closed tear to tail of spine.   Ref: 109256   Price: HK$ 6,000