Walks in the City of Canton.
By The Venerable John Henry Gray, Archdeacon of Hongkong, late Commissary of the Diocese of Victoria, Hongkong, and formerly H.B.M. Consular Chaplain at Canton. With an Itinerary.
First edition, extremely uncommon, COPAC locates just 5 copies – BL, V & A, Cambridge, Durham and Leeds, SOAS has only the 1974 reprint. Gray presents a guide-book offering seven detailed itineraries for walks taking in sights around the city, with references linking back to the substantial text providing the historical, social and “ethnographical” background. Gray, who spent nearly 30 years in the Far East, was noted for his relatively open-minded approach to the indigenous peoples, an attitude that emerges from the pages of the present work, and also from his major publication China: a History of the Laws, Manners and Customs of the People (1878) which the Athenaeum considered offered “the most truthful and vivid picture of Chinese life which has ever been published”. Gray also formed an impressive collection of Chinese artefacts and antiques which was exhibited at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873, and subsequently at Crystal Palace.
Octavo. Near contemporary plum half morocco, dark brown linen boards, title gilt direct to the spine. With both errata slips present. A little rubbed, rebacked with the original spine, lacking a small piece at the head, laid down, light toning.
Bibliography: Perhaps Cordier Sinica 305, "Walks about the City of Canton", 1874.Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary