Guide to Peking and its Environs Near and Far.

FEI-SHIH. ; FISCHER Emil Sigmund (1924.)


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Second revised edition. Large colour lithograph folding map in rear pocket ('Plan of Peking inside its Walls', measuring 43x64cm), 6 folding maps, frontispiece and 22 plates. 8vo. Original decorated clothbacked boards (slightly stained), but overall still a very good copy, signed on the front free endpaper in English and Chinese: "A Souvenir from the author of his work to Miss Miller of Chefoo, in the hope that the description given in this work will bring back the Grandeur of Peking seen. E. S. Fischer whose Chinese name is Fei Shih, Xmas 1940". [ix], 237, xii(ads.)pp. Tientsin/Peking, Tientsin Press,

"Fei-shih" (the Pityful one) is a pseudonym of Emil Sigmund Fischer (1865-1945), a banker from Vienna. Fischer came to China in 1894 and worked in Shanghai until 1898, before moving to Tientsin. He died in February 1945 in a Japanese PoW camp. This is one of the most accurate and well-researched guides to the capital and its surroundings with a wealth of maps, plans and illustrations. On the tile-page Fischer is credited with being awarded a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco in 1915 - without specifying what the award was for. The first edition was published in Peking in 1909. 

Stock Code: 224380

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