Legends of Ancient China. Self-Help Department Women's Bible School.
Legends of Ancient China
Legends of Ancient China

Legends of Ancient China

[Chefoo, China]: [Women's Bible School, Self Help Dept., Presbyterian Mission], [1930]. Stiff wraps. Wraps covered with cloth, oblong octavo size, [8] leaves of heavy paper, [7] leaves of glassine with text. Near fine. Item #17051201

An amazingly detailed craft book made by women at the The American Presbyterian Mission of the Chefoo Station, as a fund-raising project. The illustrations are cut-out silhouettes, accompanied by a short piece of prose relating a moralistic story, in which a quick thinking hero is rewarded with future riches or success, with the stories all adapted from well-known legends from Chinese history. The scenes depict figures and animals in rustic settings, beside trees, streams, bridges, and caves. An extremely delicate and uncommon work.

___DESCRIPTION: Stab-bound decorative woven cloth wrappers, eight heavy leaves with black cut-outs mounted to rectos, seven glassine leaves with text within single rule, printed to versos; oblong octavo size (7 1/8" by 9 1/4").

___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the cloth wraps clean and unrubbed, the stab binding solid, the corners unrubbed, complete regarding the silhouettes and glassines, clean other than some minor specks of foxing; some short closed tears to both pastdown endpapers, and lacking the letterpress sheet explaining how the silhouettes are made, with publication information. Overall near fine, a lovely example of exquisit hand-work by Chinese women done over 85 years ago.

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Price: $500.00