Jinan: Shandong Friendship Publishing House, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover (26.7 x 19.5cm), pp. , 2, 6, 3, [1, blank], 1-300 (i.e. text is continuous and not repeated however the Contents, Catalogue of the Illustrative Figures, Editor’s Note and main text are all numbered individually), , richly illustrated with 6 pages of coloured plates followed by black and white line drawings by Qu Lixiu throughout; tan faux leather boards with lettering in silver on the spine and front cover; blue textured endpapers; photographic dust wrapper.
Head of spine and bottom corners gently bruised; silver lettering is a touch rubbed but mostly bright; bottom edge a little scuffed and abraded; edges of text block lightly foxed, top edge a little dust toned, 5 x 2mm and 2 x 1mm marks on fore edge, 8 x 5mm mark across bottom edge; top 10mm and top corners of endpapers are faded; top margin of eight glossy pages at the front of the book a little toned; very occasional creasing to corners; pages very gently cockled, otherwise clean and bright throughout; dust wrapper is unclipped, 30mm tear to top of front hinge of spine has been repaired with tape, spine is perhaps a touch faded, verso is moderately foxed, otherwise clean and bright. Item #994
The history of Chinese kites as well as techniques for building and flying them.