Berlin-Schöneberg: Meisenbach Riffarth & Co., 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Oblong quarto (9 1/2 x 13 1/2").  leaves (Title and Dedication);  leaf (Photogravure portrait of German field marshal Alfred Ludwig Heinrich Karl Graf von Waldersee, after a photograph by J. C. Schaarwächter); 70pp (Photogravures); 1 folding map of Beijing. Original gilt, blue, green, and grey-stamped illustrated cloth, with Chinese lettering in blue to front cover. Decorative endpapers. Title page in red and black lettering. Housed in it's original cardboard box. Dedicated to comrades and fellow combatants of the China Expedition 1900/1.
German photobook entirely devoted to the Boxer Rebellion that took place in China between 1899 and 1901. Two thousand European and Chinese Christians were trapped in the legation compound at Peking by Boxer insurgents in 1900. An eight-nation International Relief Force of European, American and Japanese troops maneuvered to the rescue. As Kaiser Wilhelm II’s minister to China, Baron Clemens von Ketteler, had been murdered by the Boxers, the Germans "claimed a certain priority in the crusade against Chinese barbarism."
German field marshal Alfred Ludwig Heinrich Karl Graf von Waldersee was appointed as head of the 8-nation relief force. Although he arrived too late to take part in the fighting, he conducted punitive expeditions which succeeded in pacifying the Boxers.
The 191 striking photogravures, taken after "The Battle of Beijing," depict views of the ruins of the German, Japanese, British, and Austrian-Hungarian embassies in Beijing, the tombs of the Germans who died during the uprising, the East Gate of the city, the Liang-Hsiang-Hsien Pagode, the Imperial Garden, the ruins of the French Catholic Mission, soldiers of the German, American, English and French infanteries, the arrival in Beijing of field marshal Alfred Ludwig Heinrich Karl Graf von Waldersee, the Great Wall, etc.. All leaves protected by tissue guards.
Text in German. Light wear, foxing in margins, not affecting photographs, some creasing and closed tear of folding map. Slipcase with some wear. g+ to vg. Item #46404