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Longtime Hong Kong resident Arthur Hacker applies the eye of an artist and the knowledge of a historian to the hundreds of images presented in China Illustrated. The collection spans the period between the arrival of the first foreign traders in the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of the Second World War. The images are presented with a short commentary on the history of the period that allows the reader to follow the dramatic changes in Chinese civilization. The magnificent old engravings, rare hand-colored lantern slides, stunning studio portraits, candid amateur photographs, fascinating postcards, and charming hand-colored prints come from the author's private collection. The informative text brilliantly captures the atmosphere of China throughout the centuries. The result is a lavishly illustrated social history, and an exciting hodgepodge of merchants, mercenaries, missionaries, and adventurers set against the great backdrop of China's cities and ancient culture.
About the Author
Arthur Hacker was born in England and studied at the Royal College of Art. He worked as a graphic designer before coming to Hong Kong in 1967, where he still lives. He has written hundreds of newspaper articles and has published eight books on the history of China and East Asia.