Harrison FORMAN (1904-1978).
Do You Want to Fly ? By Harrison Forman illustrated (Sketches and Drawings by The Author). Shanghai, China: The Comacrib Press, 1931. Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 5/8in; 213 x 142mm). Pp. [xii], 448, pp. Half-tone frontispiece, over 350 illustrations (some full-page, some half-tone from photos., some line rom drawings). Black pebble-grained cloth, stamped in gilt on the upper cover and spine, pictorial dustjacket by the author with matching endpapers, black speckled edges (light oxidization to upper cover, very light soiling to backstrip).
First edition of a rare work in excellent condition. A quite unusual book by 27-year old Forman. He went on have a storied career as a journalist, photographer and explorer. Most of his time was spent in the Far East, earning him the sobriquet of ‘the modern Marco Polo’. Forman’s extensive archive of papers, diaries and photographs are at the University of Wisconsin. This work was published by the Comacrib Press (i.e. the Press of the Commercial & Credit Information Bureau). They also issued a China Trade Directory and a sort of vanity press publication on U.S. College educated men living in China.