Peking: A Tale of Three Cities, Nigel Cameron & Brian Brake, Harper & Row, 1965, HC, Very Good

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Cameron, Nigel & Brian Brake. New York. Harper & Row. 1965.
English, First Edition, Very Good, HC, Folio, 8 ¾” x 12," 263 pp.

Orange and gray woven cloth over boards, gilt stamped characters to front, gilt stamped titling to spine, black-and-white images to endpapers and pastedowns, in publisher’s white dust jacket with full-color photographs to front and back, black text to front and inside gate flaps, yellow text with black outline to spine, from the De Witt library. Signed “Margaret H de Witt 2430 Broadway San Francisco” at frontis, very minor age toning, mild image transfers throughout, otherwise clean throughout, tightly bound, and excellent. In a Very Good dust jacket now protected in a paper-backed Mylar sleeve. Mild edgewear and chipping, mild shelfwear to front and back, price clipped at front inside gate flap, otherwise excellent. 263 pp. Replete with black-and-white photographs. Cameron and Brake divide the book into “The First Peking,” “The Second Peking,” “The Enduring Past,” and “A Third Beginning” (from the Table of Contents). A historical overview of Peking, spanning several millennials. From the dust jacket: “This book is the remarkable biography of that remarkable city and its people…In a subtle interweaving of text and illustration, this book traces the many facets of Peking’s story, and in doing so becomes in a sense a skillful summation of the story of all China.”