London. B.T. Batsford Ltd. Winter, 1945-6. First edition. Yellow cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. Black-and-white frontispiece, [viii], 78 pages of black-and-white photographs. 230 x 175mm (9 x 7"). 0.35kg. . English. Very good; light shelf wear to dust jacket, with some light wear to spine and forecorners, spine lightly browned, some spotting to jacket, mainly to verso, no tears and not price-clipped; some staining to cloth boards, some light spotting to text pages, bookseller's blind-stamp to rear free-endpaper, no inscriptions.
During the Second World War Cecil Beaton was sent to the Far East as a War Photographer for the Ministry of Information. Whilst there he took thousands of photographs, a selection of which are collected into his Chinese Album. Beaton took an eager interest in everyone he met and all levels of Chinese society are documented in the book, with images of poets, scholars, orphans, mothers, soldiers, government officials, firemen, policemen, noodle makers, salt miners, farmers, factory workers and villagers.