Reading: 1840s–1940s 上海百年掠影 Survey of Shanghai 1840s – 1940s

A completely unexpected find yesterday while haunting Saint George’s (new China Miéville just published and miscellaneous sci-fi to pick up). Rummaging through the large books section, looking at the graphic novels and wondering if I should buy something easy to read, when I discover 上海百年掠影 Survey of Shanghai 1840s – 1940s, published in 1994.

Besides those three words of the title, it’s all in Chinese and traditional at that, but mostly it’s large photos covering those hundred years, including some aerial surveys (and some bizarrely awful polarised section frontispieces), and utterly an excellent find – absolutely no idea what it was doing in St George’s; I expect waiting for me.