First edition of this beautifully illustrated work, limited to only 525 copies.
The illustrations, printed in a very high quality, offer a sharp-eyed account of Charles Fouqueray's voyages from Singapore to Hong Kong, Macao, and Shanghai. Representing the different shapes of boats in these regions, the watercolours also focus on the local sailors and fishermen in action. Fouqueray's use of a large range of colours to depict the sea's various tints and shades conveys a poetic atmosphere to his illustrations, signed with his orientalist monogramme. A map, at the very beginning of the book, represents part of the Asian coast that was explored and drawn by Fouqueray.
The French author Claude Farrère (1876-1957) became known for his novels set in exotic places. After a twenty-five year career in the Army, he decided to concentrate entirely on writing. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1905 for his novel Les Civilisés, he was elected chairman of the Academie Française in 1935.
Farrère wrote this work on the suggestion of his friend the illustrator Charles Fouqueray, who had sent him watercolours made during a trip in Asia.
Charles Fouqueray (1869-1956) studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, where one of his masters was the well-known Academic painter Alexandre Cabanel. First interested in painting, he then specialised in illustration, in particular in news magazines such as Le Monde Illustré and L'llustration.
In Jonques et Sampans, these two artists convey, mixing text and illustrations, their personal impressions on the East-Asian navigators, ships and waterways. The introductory chapter, written by sea captain and author of several naval history books Auguste Thomazi, gives a thorough but readable description of the two Chinese boats that compose the title of this work: the junks and sampans. In a very personal and easygoing style, Claude Farrère narrates his memories and thoughts about past experiences related to sailing on the East Asian coast.
On the original covee are four Chinese characters. They read, as translated in French by the publisher, L'apparition des voiles and Le clapotis des rames.
4to., 154, [iv]pp., 148 colour illustrations including 16 full-page, in sheets in original wrappers, card chemise and slipcase, a fine example.
Stock ID: 92842