China/ Khine*: Baumgarten, Leizer / Boymgartn, Leizer (1902-) China/ Khine*: Baumgarten, Leizer / Boymgartn, Leizer (1902-)

China/ Khine*

Baumgarten, Leizer / Boymgartn, Leizer (1902-)

Published by Tomor Publishing Co, Vilna, 1940
Condition: fair Soft cover

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8vo. 268pp. Original three color photo-illustrated wrappers. Two title pages: English and Yiddish. Some pages unopened. An rare example of an journalistic account of China. Contains three chapters: 1st. Today's China, on Chinese literature, culture, theatre, politics, industry, economy, communication, religion, prejudices and geography; 2nd. Historical sketch, an overview of Chinese history and 3rd. China - Japan (Pacific problems), on the specific history, the situation and the problems in this region. This chapter is enriched with several excurses, e.g. on Chinese-American and Russian-Chinese relations. Boymgarten, b. 1902 in Zlotshev, near Lodz, begins to study at the University in Warsaw in 1925 and becomes active in circles, like the Borokhow youth-circle and the academic circle of Borokhow. As a young journalist she writes articles about culture and education, and works for the Warsaw newspaper, "The Free Youth". She joins the communists in 1927 and travels to China. Several articles and reportages about her travel to China were published in the Warsaw Newspaper, "Today". In 1940 Boymgartn publized her travel reports in bookform "Khine", the last Yiddish book issued in Vilna. In her preface to the book she points out, that Japanes guides accompanied her, wherever she wanted to go, indicating that she travels only in the Japanese occupied territories in China. Nevertheless, she captivates her readers as she travels through China and she diligently and insightfully explains all important facets of the conflict with Japan. After Hitler's invasion to the Soviet Union Boymgarten moves away to Eastern Russia, where she disappears. Magnificently illustrated with many b/w photographs, printed on special photo-paper, of significant places and personalities. Text in Yiddish. Photographs, wrappers and book block wavy and spine is partially broken. Wrappers with wear along edges, small chips and four inch closed tear at bottom of joints at front cover. Light age-toning of book block and light fraying of block at uncut bottom. Wrappers in overall fair, interior in good- condition. * The Yiddish spelling of the author's name differs from the English spelling. The same is true for the title. Since there are two title pages (English, Yiddish), both spellings are mentioned here. Bookseller Inventory # 13781

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Title: China/ Khine*

Publisher: Tomor Publishing Co, Vilna

Publication Date: 1940

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:fair

Edition: First edition.

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