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  1. 116592

    Saishin Manshu shaschincho. The latest Manchuria Photograph Album.

    Fourth annual printing of this extremely uncommon photographic propaganda piece extolling the attractions, and rapid development of Manchuria, issued in the year before the declaration of the Japanese puppet state of Manchuokou. No copies located in OCLC, a copy of the 1932 issue in BnF, a 1938 issue at Princeton, and a 1943 version at Harvard). The "narrative" of the album opens with views of the port at Dailian, the docking of Osaka Shosen Steamships, views around the city, the South Manchurian Railway Company headquarters, electric trolley-buses, bustling street scenes, the Manchurian Railway Company Hospital, and numerous Russo-Japanese memorials and battlefields. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: [1931]

    Published: [Dailian, (Dairen, Port Arthur), China]

    Stock Code: 116592

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  2. 116134

    The Life of Abdur Rahman, Amir of Afghanistan.

    Book label of A. C. Wombwell of The Firs, Newbury to the front pastedowns, and contemporary booksellers ticket of William Georges Son, Bristol, to that of vol. 1. Spines darkened and at extremities very slightly frayed, rear boards lightly marked, mild spotting to edges, prelims, and very occasionally to the text, inner hinges of vol. 1 split but holding. A very good copy.
    First edition. Abdur Rahman (b. 1840) became emir of Afghanistan in 1880 following Ayub Khan's defeat in the Second Afghan War, holding the throne until his death in 1901. According to the publisher's note, Sultan Mahomed Khan, state secretary (mir munshi) to Abdur Rahman, translated the first few chapters directly from Abdur Rahman's Persian manuscript. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116134

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  3. 116124
    signed

    The First Afghan War and its Causes.

    First edition, the Durand family copy of this "heavy, detailed account of British-Afghan relations preceding the war and of the war itself up to March of 1842" (Wilber), inscribed by the editor, Durand's son (Henry) Mortimer, in the margin of page vii, "Jo's first exam[inatio]n May 7. 89. Read quite fluently without a mistake, except that she read offices for officers, HMD, 7/5/89", "Jo" apparently one of his two children, and the paragraph indicated describing Durand's passage to India in 1828-9, a voyage "not altogether uneventful; for the ‘Lady Holland,' after running some risk from pirates, was wrecked on Dassan Island, and my father, exerting himself to save the lives and property of others, lost everything he possessed". Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1879

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116124

    Signed: Yes

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  4. 116085

    "Lieut-General Sir James Outram's Campaign in India, 1857–1858; "

    comprising General Orders and Despatches relating to the Defence and Relief of the Lucknow Garrison, and Capture of the City, by the British Forces; also Correspondence relating to the Relief, up to the Date when that Object was effected by Sir Colin Campbell.
    First UK edition, greatly improved and expanded from the unprocurable Calcutta edition of 1858, and "printed for presentation to personal friends of Sir James Outram, who begs that it may be regarded as a private communication, and not a publication" (title page). It remains uncommon: five copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries (Aberdeen, British Library, Leeds, National Library of Scotland and Oxford), OCLC adding a dozen world-wide. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116085

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  5. 116027

    Life of Field-Marshal Sir Neville Chamberlain.

    First edition. Presentation copy from the publisher to Belgian-born political writer and French scholar Charles Saroléa, the title page with the partially effaced blind-stamp "with the publisher's compliments", Saroléa's ownership inscription, and the blind-stamp of the University of Keele, who acquired about half his library, one of the largest private libraries in Europe, on his death in 1953. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: Edinburgh and London

    Stock Code: 116027

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  6. 116020

    The Campaign in Tirah 1897-1898.

    An Account of the Expedition against the Orakzais and Afridis under General Sir William Lockhart. Based (by permission) on Letters contributed to ‘The Times’.
    First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More
    £160

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116020

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  7. Japan: a Record in Colour.

    Japan: a Record in Colour.

    A beautifully bound copy. The Australian-born Mortimer Menpes was one of Whistler's pupils and strongly influenced by him to study Japanese art. Modern Japanese critics have objected that, like Whistler, Menpes did not understand Japanese painting techniques and merely imported trappings of Japanese art into his realistic paintings and graphics. But back in London after his second trip to Japan, Menpes adventurously built a studio and home according to what he perceived as Japanese style, and decorated it with Japanese fittings. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115925

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    Far East.

    First edition, first impression, of this travelogue, the fruits of Beaton's work for the Ministry of Information. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leslie Mars with best wishes from Cecil Beaton 1973." Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115922

    Signed: Yes

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  9. The Chinese Abroad:

    The Chinese Abroad:

    their Position and Protection, a Study in International Law and Relations. With an Introduction by V.K. Wellington Koo and a Foreword by Fong F. Sec.
    First edition, second impression, of this uncommon study written against the background of the passing of the Asian Exclusion Act in 1924, one of a group of such immigration acts of that year. MacNair's work relates the history of legal protections and treaty stipulations offered by China to the country's immigrants, and including descriptions of the massacres of Chinese in the Spanish Philippines, and Indonesia while under Dutch rule, the Treaty of Nanking, the Peking Convention of 1860, and the establishment of legations in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: Shanghai

    Stock Code: 115885

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  10. Chitrál.

    Chitrál.

    The Story of a Minor Siege.
    Second edition, the year after the first. "The responsibility over the weeks of the siege rested with Robertson as political officer, with Captain Colin Powys Campbell, badly wounded, and Captain Charles Vere Ferrers Townsend in military command. Robertson's diary provides a record of endurance and bravery, discipline and camaraderie, resourcefulness and ingenuity in combating boredom and despair. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115880

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  11. Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain.

    Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain.

    [together with;] Tack Loong Price List, 1912.
    An extremely uncommon survival, a photographically-illustrated late-Qing dynasty salesman's catalogue for export porcelain from Canton, complete with its accompanying price-list. Tack Loong was one of the largest export-ware shops in Canton, located on Old Factory Street, and selling ceramics from Kiangse (Jiangxi), and Hongmu "blackwood" furniture. Learn More
    £1,850

    Date of Publication: c.1912

    Published: Canton

    Stock Code: 115875

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  12. The Life and Campaigns of Hugh First Viscount Gough Field-Marshal.

    The Life and Campaigns of Hugh First Viscount Gough Field-Marshal.

    First edition. "The only full-length biography" (Bruce) of the man "said to have commanded in more general actions than any other British officer of the nineteenth century except the Duke of Wellington" (ODNB). Gough (1779-1869) was gazetted lieutenant in 1795, and posted to the 78th Highlanders at the Cape of Good Hope, with subsequent service with the 87th in the West Indies and in the Peninsular War, Talavera, Barossa, Tarifa, Vitoria, and Nivelle, where he was badly wounded. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Westminster

    Stock Code: 115841

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  13. A Dragon Apparent.
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    A Dragon Apparent.

    Travels in Indo-China.
    First edition, first impression. A copy inscribed on the title by the author: "To Mary with much love from Norman- (the survivor, in this case, of a bloody awful journey!!) New Year's Day, 1987". Graham Greene had "no hesitation in calling him one of the best writers, not of any particular decade, but of our century". His obituary states that to "read any of Lewis's accounts of travel. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115807

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.
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    Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.

    [Complete as six offprints from] Revue Archeologique, Publiée sous la direction de Mm. G. Perrot et S. Reinach.
    A rare presentation set of offprint first editions comprising the complete Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia, with an autograph letter signed from Bell presenting the whole to Professor Ludwig Richard Enno Littman (1875-1958) laid in. The apparently unpublished letter, on Rounton Grange, Northallerton, stationery, is dated October 17 [presumably 1907], and contains four pages of lively archaeological discussion ("Your suggestion that all this series of castles is Islamic comes to me I confess as a new idea. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1906-7

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115580

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Peking Studies.

    Peking Studies.

    First edition, first impression. Ellen Catleen (later known as Ellen Thorbecke) was the wife of the Dutch ambassador to China. This publication is a lovely collaboration between the Dutch photographer and the Austrian illustrator Schiff showing various aspects of everyday life in Peking in the 1930s. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: Shanghai

    Stock Code: 115452

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  16. Sport and Travel in the Highlands of Tibet.

    Sport and Travel in the Highlands of Tibet.

    With an introduction by Sir Francis Younghusband.
    First edition, first impression. Hayden (b. 1869) joined the Geological Survey of India in 1895, serving as its director from 1910 to 1920. He accompanied Younghusband's 1903-4 expedition to Tibet, was appointed to the Tibet Frontier Commission in 1907, and in 1922, following Sir Charles Bell's diplomatic mission to Lhasa in 1920, which restored peaceful relations and secured the right of a select number of foreigners to enter the country unmolested, was invited by the Tibetan government to carry out a geological survey. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115316

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  17. China As She Is.
    signed

    China As She Is.

    First edition, inscribed on the first blank "Mr. K. D. Dawson, with best wishes, from M. S. Chan, Hong Kong, 1934" and gilt-stamped for presentation on the front cover. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: Shanghai

    Stock Code: 114632

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Across the Gobi Desert.

    Across the Gobi Desert.

    Translated from the German by H. J. Cant.
    First edition in English (translated from the German edition of the same year, first published in Swedish in 1928), with a new preface. An account of the first part of the Sino-Swedish Expedition into Mongolia, the Gobi Desert and Xinjiang, 1927-1930. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114450

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  19. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.

    Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.

    (Series: Victorian Lady Travellers in Asia).
    First edition, a new publication, "the result of a long-term project to identify, collect and annotate the more than 250 works published by western women during the Meiji era (1868-1912)" (General Introduction), with an index of authors. The work is divided into four chapters, covering Tourists and Travelers, Missionaries, Sojourners, and Writers. Published as part of the series Victorian Lady Travellers in Asia, by Eureka Press of Tokyo. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 2016

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 114202

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  20. Oriental Series.
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    Oriental Series.

    Japan: Its History, Arts, and Literature [with] China: Its History, Arts and Literature.
    Satsuma edition. Limited to 500 numbered copies, though this set is out-of-series, marked "Special" and inscribed by the publisher on the title page: "To my friend Sir William H. White with my Regards J. B. Millet". White was a naval architect and writer on the subject. He held posts in the British Admiralty and designed warships for several other countries, including Japan. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: Boston & Tokyo

    Stock Code: 114054

    Signed: Yes

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