The Traveler’s Handbook for China (Including Hongkong).
Carl Crow, ( n.d. (Circa 1921)), Shanghai
17.5 cm. v, 314, (vi)-x, (43 publisher's ads) pp. b/w plates, b/w full-page and folding duotone maps.
Crow was a newspaperman who went to China in 1911 and established the Western advertising agency in Shanghai, and a newspaper, the “Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury.” He was a booster of tourism and western involvement in the far east, and also had a hand in US government dealings there. This is the third edition of his “Handbook” which, he assures us, has been thoroughly revised. “Scarcely a paragraph of the second edition has been allowed to stand unchanged.” Contents include general info, history, religions, arts & industries, government and detailed descriptions of Shanghai and the Yangtsze Valley, Peking, and Hong Kong and South China. Crow’s guidebook is notable for its city maps, all of which are in good condition in this copy, evenly tanned, but intact. Half-inch worm track in first few pages, with no loss of text. A former owner has made some underlinings and scribbles, but the book is in good condition, bound in publisher’s dark green cloth with gold cover lettering and a circular red and white yin/yang symbol on the back cover.