von Boselager, Ada: PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE OF ADA VON BOSELAGER'S RESIDENCY IN CHINA. Preparatory Manuscript for an Unpublished Book. N.p. (Shanghai) 1939-1949. 576 b/w photographs of varying size, the majority mounted on paper. Various cm. Loose and mounted on paper.
A fascinating collection of 576 original silver gelatin photographs ranging in size from around 18x12 cm down to approximately 4x3 cm. The photographs were taken between 1939 (?) and 1946 in China by a German lady, Ada von Boselager, whom, it appears, was resident in Shanghai. From accompanying typewritten pages, it is clear that von Boselager was planning to publish a book on China, its people and her travels therein, using the photographs as illustration. The photographs are wide-ranging in content, from streetlife in Shanghai to the seaside resort of Tsingtao (Qingdao) visited in 1940, from traditional crafts and occupations to views of temples in Shanghai and many small photographs of the sights of Peking. The work as a whole comprises a photographic archive of her life in China, taken during a period when few westerners had the freedom to roam due to the Japanese occupation. The large majority of the photographs are mounted on paper and all have hand-written subtitles or captions on the back of loose photographs. The photographs are accompanied by various hand-written and typed papers regarding the photographs and their compilation into a book. This includes four typewritten pages entitled 'Mao's Anstrum und Wir Shanghailander' dated Summer 1949, relating her experiences in and of China and, presumably, forming the basis for the book to accompany the photographs. There are also a few sheets relating to Ada von Boselager and copies of two books written by her: 'Heimat' (published Shanghai 1940) and 'Vom Sommerpalast zum Himmelstempel: Ein Peking Roman' (published Munich 1956). All text, typed or hand-written, in German.
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 635 in printed List 188.
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