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  1. Journey to a War.
    AUDEN, W. H., & Christopher Isherwood. Journey to a War.

    New York : 1939

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends on the title page, "for Bill Gray with best wishes from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T.... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147384

  2. 148238
    YUTANG, Lin (ed.) The Wisdom of China.

    London : 1949

    First edition thus, first impression. The Wisdom of China was first published in an edition limited to 750 copies only in 1944, followed by an edition for export only in 1948. Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 148238

  3. China.
    AUBER, Peter. China.

    London : 1834

    Second edition, of this study of China, first published in 1831, incorporating history, an analysis of English policy, and an account of English travel and exploration in China and its bordering nations.

    Peter Auber (1770-1866), secretary to the directors of the East India Company, wrote several books on English colonial policy and its history,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 142120

  4. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:
    DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:

    London : 1738-41

    Second and most complete English edition of Du Halde's encyclopaedic survey, "the first definitive European work on the Chinese empire" (Hill) and a cornerstone of any collection of books on China. It was first published in French in 1735; the first English edition published the following year contained just 19 plates and 4 maps.

    Du Halde (1674-1743)... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 143967

  5. Plan of Shanghai. Published by the North-China Daily News and Herald, Limited.
    SHANGHAI. Plan of Shanghai. Published by the North-China Daily News and Herald, Limited.

    London : 1928

    Rare early iteration of this important, finely detailed and impressively large map, published during a period of tremendous turmoil in the history of the city. This is an exact copy of the map issued by the Municipal Council of Shanghai (similarly dated 21 April), but with the addition of the statement of publication by the North China Daily News; both... Learn More
    £7,750.00

    Stock Code: 141574

  6. 125986
    STEIN, M. Aurel. Serindia.

    Oxford : 1921

    First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia. Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is excellently suited for the designation of this region, well-defined by nature as well as by... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 125986

  7. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,
    WISE, Henry. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,

    London : 1839

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the Governor of Bombay, "The Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone, with the author's respects", with Elphinstone's subsequent Carberry Tower library label to the front pastedown. Elphinstone (1779-1859) was a Scottish statesman and historian appointed to the civil... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146318

  8. 147925
    BEATON, Cecil. Chinese Album.

    London : 1945-6

    First edition, first impression. Best known for his ultra-glamorous photographs of "bright young things", Beaton was commissioned by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War to photograph the war effort in Asia and the Middle East. His tour led to three photographic albums: Far East (1945), An Indian Album (1945-6), and Chinese Album... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 147925

  9. Seven Years in Tibet.
    HARRER, Heinrich. Seven Years in Tibet.

    New York : 1954

    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed twice on the frontispiece recto "To Mr. Edwards with my very best wishes, from H. Harrer two lines of Tibetan script Washington, Oct. 1954" and "March 1955. In the meantime I have the pleasure and privilige sic to call above 'Mr.' my friend 'Toppy' Heinrich". This is a great association copy.

    The... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 146477

  10. The Adventures of a Bullet:
    UPWARD, Bernard. The Adventures of a Bullet:

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Yours in sincerity, Bernard Upward". Upward (1873-1944) was a Christian missionary and sinologist. From 1905 to 1927 he lived in Hankou, one of the three towns which form the modern city Wuhan, where he witnessed China's 1911 Revolution first-hand.

    Upward ends his extraordinary... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 146458

  11. Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China;
    WATHEN, James. Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China;

    London : 1814

    First edition of this attractive, informative and well-illustrated travelogue. In 1811, Wathen (1751-1828), a glover from Hereford, occupied his retirement with numerous expeditions mostly within the British Isles, and many written up for the Gentleman's Magazine, to which he was a frequent contributor.

    In 1811 he sailed to India and China with... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 142461

  12. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks. Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and Northern-Western China.
    STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks. Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and Northern-Western China.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, described by Yakushi as a "comprehensive summary of the results of the author's first three Central Asian expeditions and of his researches carried out during the years 1900-16".

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    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139883

  13. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
    WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.

    London : 1669

    First edition of "the first extensive European treatise on the Chinse language" (Chen Shouyi), and one of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture in any depth.

    The architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages... Learn More
    £13,750.00

    Stock Code: 128767

  14. Memories of Seven Campaigns.
    THORNTON, James Edward. Memories of Seven Campaigns.

    Westminster : 1895

    First edition, the dedication copy, with a two-page note from the author to Col. Arthur Egerton, comptroller of the household of the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, expressing the hope that the Duke will "be pleased to accept the volume now forwarded through you". A wonderful High Victorian military association copy, in a superlative presentation... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 81512

  15. The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.
    BIRD, Isabella Lucy, as Mrs. J. F. Bishop. The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.

    London : 1899

    First edition of this account of the "archetypal Victorian Lady Traveller's" (Robinson) 15 months and 8,000 miles of travels in China, concluding in 1897, and recounting "the most remarkable of her journeys" (ODNB). It is profusely illustrated and the photos were taken by the author herself.

    Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was a remarkable woman who,... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 143228

  16. Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.
    AKHMATOVA, Anna (trans.) Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.

    Moscow : 1954 & 1956

    First editions, each inscribed by Akhmatova to the linguist and fellow translator Aleksandr Kholodovich, with whom she collaborated extensively on the translation of Korean poetry. This is a lovely set of Asian poetry in Russian and with a great association.

    The inscription in the second work includes a quote from the Orthodox Eucharist reflecting... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 142729

  17. Early Chinese Paintings.
    SIRÉN, Osvald. Early Chinese Paintings.

    London : 1938

    Limited edition, number 294 of 750 copies, inscribed by A. W. Bahr on the limitation page: "the 18th September 1958. To Marjorie Phelps Starr, every good wishes for your gifted appreciation and understanding of the great Chinese pictorial art. With great hopes for your own personal expressions. Sincerely your well wishing friend O. W. Bahr Ridgefield,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145347

  18. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks.
    STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, described by Yakushi as a "comprehensive summary of the results of the author's first three Central Asian expeditions and of his researches carried out during the years 1900-16". These archaeological expeditions allowed Stein's "great achievement... to establish the existence of a hitherto lost civilization along the... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 144575

  19. Glimpses into Chinese Homes.
    YATES, Elizabeth Upham. Glimpses into Chinese Homes.

    Boston : 1887

    First edition, inscribed by the author to a fellow Maine suffragist on the front free endpaper, "Mrs. Ann Greely, with kind regards, the author, Dec. 25 1890", with Greely's book label to front pastedown. This edition is now uncommon, especially inscribed, the present copy in notably attractive condition.

    The recipient, Ann Jarvis Greely (1831-1914),... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141614

  20. Two North Korean air-drop propaganda "Christmas cards" - "Where there is Peace there is blessing".
    KOREAN WAR. Two North Korean air-drop propaganda "Christmas cards" - "Where there is Peace there is blessing".

    Korea : 1952

    Uncommon propaganda items from the last year of the Korean War, carrying carefully weighed messages separately to the American forces and to their British allies.

    That addressed to the British forces attempts to peel away support for their American allies; "It is 28 months since the Yanks dragged Britain into this war. Nearly 10,000 British lads... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142447

  21. A Visit to the South Seas,
    STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,

    London : 1832

    First English and first illustrated edition; the New York edition of the preceding year was unillustrated. A very pretty set of an important work on Hawaii: "Stewart's acute observations on native life and customs and his description of the changes at court and advances in business conditions and society in general make this a valuable account" (Forbes).



    "The... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 115104

  22. Face of Asia.
    CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Face of Asia.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, first printing, published simultaneously in Canada and preceding the French and UK editions. Cartier-Bresson's stunning photographs were taken over a period of twenty years, capturing daily life as well as historical upheavals, such as Gandhi's death or the transition of China into The People's Republic. Countries covered are Turkey,... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143800

  23. The Break-Up of China.
    BERESFORD, Charles. The Break-Up of China.

    London : 1899

    First edition. Lord Beresford (1846-1919), a naval officer and MP, was sent by the Associated Chambers of Commerce on an investigative mission to China in 1898-9. The Break-Up of China is the resulting report, analysing the state of trade in China and advocating 'British reassertion of the "open door", and Chinese reforms, and warning against the Russian... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143576

  24. The Great River.
    FITKIN, Gretchen Mae. The Great River.

    Shanghai : 1922

    First edition, scarce in commerce, and although well represented in international libraries scarce in British and Irish institutional libraries: Library Hub locates just 4 copies (BL, Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, V&A). An interesting work illustrated with photographs by Donald Mennie, who travelled widely in China in the 20s and produced... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143573

  25. A China Passage.
    GALBRAITH, John Kenneth. A China Passage.

    Boston : 1973

    First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title: "John Galbraith 1979." Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143438

  26. South Manchuria Railway, April, 1935.
    CHINA. South Manchuria Railway, April, 1935.

    Dairen, Manchuria : 1935

    First edition of this early and informative "advertorial" piece promoting the range of business concerns established by the South Manchuria Railway in Japanese-held Manchuria in the 1930s, including descriptions of the company's coal mining, warehousing, railway workshops, harbours, wharves, hotels, hospitals, and schools, and details of the administration... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143418

  27. Know the Chinese Communist Army.
    FITZALAN-HOWARD, Sir Miles Francis (ed.) Know the Chinese Communist Army.

    [London] : 1965

    First and only edition of this rare pamphlet, marked "Restricted" and published the year before the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, two copies only traced in libraries (Australian War Mermorial and Canadian War Museum), none in commerce. Sections cover the army's history, doctrine, training, guerrilla and jungle warfare tactics, armour, paramilitary... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143420

  28. The "Fan Kwae" At Canton.
    HUNTER, William C. The "Fan Kwae" At Canton.

    London : 1882

    First edition of this lively, detailed autobiographical account recounting the social and business life of the "fan kwae", Foreign Devils, at Canton in the last days in the Old China Trade. The American author was an experienced agent with extensive experience in the region. Several times reprinted, this first is decidedly uncommon in commerce, just... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142416

  29. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.

    London : 1841-43

    Scarce fifth edition of this important and justly famous publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation; this copy with an excellent nautical pedigree, having passed through the hands of a trio of American sea captains.

    Provenance: mounted on a preliminary... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 139134

  30. Face of Asia.
    CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri Face of Asia.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Cartier-Bresson on the half title. Cartier-Bresson's stunning photographs were taken over a period of twenty years, capturing daily life as well as historical upheavals, such as Gandhi's death or the transition of China into The People's Republic. Countries covered are Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Uzbekistan, Mongolia,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 141594

  31. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...
    STAUNTON, George. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...

    London : 1798

    Second, corrected edition of the official account of the first official British Embassy to China, headed by George, Earl Macartney; the first edition was published the previous year. The failed embassy marked a historic missed opportunity in the relationship between China and the Western powers.

    Macartney was dispatched to Peking in 1792 by... Learn More
    £18,500.00

    Stock Code: 129560

  32. Reise in Ostindien: Ceylon, Java, China und Bengalen.
    ANDRÁSSY, Manó. Reise in Ostindien: Ceylon, Java, China und Bengalen.

    Pest : 1859

    Rare first illustrated edition and the first in German, originally published in Hungarian in 1853, containing a superb suite of hand-coloured lithographic plates by Lemercier of Paris. An outstanding account of big-game hunting in Asia. Just six copies traced worldwide in institutional libraries.

    Count Manó Andrássy (1821-1891, his name given... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 127337

  33. Limehouse Nights:
    BURKE, Thomas. Limehouse Nights:

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to the publisher, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Grant Richards, novelist and patron of letters. Thomas Burke". Examples in the jacket are rare and we have been unable to trace another inscribed copy. Grant Richards's first novel, Caviare, was published in 1912, followed by... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 136021

  34. China,
    ALLOM, Thomas (illus.); WRIGHT, George Newenham. China,

    London : [1843]

    First edition of "the best-known nineteenth-century work" on China (ODNB). Published the year after the First Opium War ended, Allom's China is concerned mainly with areas of British interest in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macao, Canton and Hunan, though there are also many attractive views of Peking. Allom (1804-1872) originally trained as... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 139807

  35. Marco Polo.
    POP-UP BOOK - KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. Marco Polo.

    London : 1962

    The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts 13th-century explorer Marco Polo aboard the royal carriage, carried by four elephants, accompanying Kublai Khan on a hunt. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140702

  36. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.
    WORLD WAR II - SHEW, Glenn B. 90th Training Squadron in the China-Burma-India Theatre - personal photograph album with miniature format original photographs.

    1943-5

    A small collection of material documenting pilot training and service during World War Two, concluding with combat duty in India and Burma. The miniature format photographs are largely scenes on or around the unit's base in India, and although small reveal considerable detail when viewed under a lens. The larger images include Shew and his colleague... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 113374

  37. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.
    SUZUKI, Diasetz Teitaro. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression, of Suzuki's first own book in English. His work aimed "to refute the many wrong opinions which are entertained by Western critics and to awake interest among scholars of comparative religion" (Preface).

    Suzuki (1870-1966) was an influential Japanese writer, whose publications on Buddhism, Zen (Chan), and Shin... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140608

  38. The City & The City.
    MIÈVILLE, China. The City & The City.

    London : 2009

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, "To Terry, 'mendacious & delusive streets' - Schulz, China Mieville, 9/6/09". The quote is from the book's epigraph, taken from Bruno Schulz's The Cinnamon Shops and Others Stories, "Deep inside the town there open up, so to speak, double streets,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139392

  39. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.
    CHINA - BERRY, Charles Edmond, Yeoman 2nd Class, US Navy. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.

    Chefoo (Yantai), Shanghai, Singapore : 1934-7

    A highly evocative album containing over 300 photographs, both personal and from commercial studios, recording the active service of the USS Parrott (DD-218) on the China Station with the Asiatic Fleet - part of Destroyer Division 58 - including the Asiatic neutrality patrol in 1935 and 1936, offering a wealth of images of China, Japan, the Philippines,... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 115861

  40. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.
    KOL'DEVIN, N. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.

    St Petersburg : 1878

    Second edition, the first published in 1873. Uncommon, WorldCat with just two locations of the first, LoC and BL, none for this second which appears to be more substantial with 44 pages as against the first's 29. Attractive propaganda piece recounting the story of the heroic Bokharan campaign for the troops. Following the Crimean War the Russian military... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121924

  41. Secret Intelligence Summaries, 30 August - 18 November 1937.
    SHANGHAI; SINO-JAPANESE WAR. Secret Intelligence Summaries, 30 August - 18 November 1937.

    Shanghai : 1937

    Remarkable run of sixty original Intelligence Summaries, all classified SECRET, compiled by the Intelligence Officer, BRITFORCE at Shanghai during the Japanese invasion. Nos. 12-18 (dated from 30 Aug.-5th Sept. 1937) & Nos. 20-72 (dated from 7th Sept. to 18th Nov. 1937). Issued almost daily during the height of the conflict. These rare intelligence... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 135752

  42. (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.
    MIKI, Teicki Teiichi; TAKAHASHI, Goro; KONISHI, Toyonosuke (ed.). (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.

    Tokyo : Meiji 20 [1887]

    First edition, volume 1, of the biographical instalment of a trilingual publication project celebrating the beautiful land and remarkable people of Japan. The present edition is in English, with a colophon in Japanese.

    The editor planned on publishing two works of ten volumes each, in a style similar to each other, each containing ten illustrations.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 136267

  43. Shina Jihen Kinen Shashin-cho. (Memorial photobook of the China Campaign.)
    ITO BUTAI (Eastern Troops). Shina Jihen Kinen Shashin-cho. (Memorial photobook of the China Campaign.)

    Shanhai : 1939

    First edition. This is Part I; we have not been able to trace a second part. Scarce, with WorldCat showing only three locations. A photo-book showing many scenes from the Sino-Japanese War, along with portraits of Japanese commanders. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 130010

  44. Second Opium War.
    CHINA. Second Opium War.

    An enthralling and richly detailed journal of a decade at sea with the US Navy during the 1850s, recording back-to-back cruises on three sloops-of-war, seeing action in three different arenas: on the Cyane, which shelled Greytown, Nicaragua (1854), the Preble during the Paraguay Expedition (1858) - a flexing of muscle by the US Navy that concluded peaceably... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 127365

  45. Photograph album of service in China with the US 15th Infantry Regiment, 1929-32.
    CHINA. Photograph album of service in China with the US 15th Infantry Regiment, 1929-32.

    China : 1929-32

    Wonderfully engaging, wide-ranging and extensively-captioned visual record of China as seen through the eyes of a soldier in the US 15th Infantry Regiment ("The Old China Hands"), based in Tientsin (Tianjin) between 1929 and 1932, a period of bloody turbulence in China.

    This enthralling album encompasses many aspects of China, from the well-documented... Learn More
    £9,250.00

    Stock Code: 120117

  46. A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China.
    DANIELL, Thomas & William. A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China.

    London : 1810

    First edition, text and plates watermarked 1808. Originally issued in ten parts, this is one of the most famous books on the scenery of China and India to come out of the Golden Age of British aquatint. In 1784, Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) "received permission from the East India Company to travel as 'engraver' to India with his nephew William Daniell... Learn More
    £9,250.00

    Stock Code: 120028

  47. Showa 23-nen Shina Jihen shussei kinen shashincho :Hokushi sensen hen [in Japanese: A photograph album in memory of soldiers at the front lines during the China-Japan Conflict of 1937-1938].
    SECOND SINO-JAPANESE WAR. Showa 23-nen Shina Jihen shussei kinen shashincho :Hokushi sensen hen [in Japanese: A photograph album in memory of soldiers at the front lines during the China-Japan Conflict of 1937-1938].

    Tokyo : 1938

    First edition of this uncommon Japanese propaganda piece recording the opening campaigns of the Japanese in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during the Second World War. In his award-winning study of the conflict - China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 114232

  48. An Aide-de-Camp's Recollections of Service in China, a Residence in Hong-Kong, and Visits to other Islands in the Chinese Seas.
    CUNYNGHAME, Sir Arthur Thurlow. An Aide-de-Camp's Recollections of Service in China, a Residence in Hong-Kong, and Visits to other Islands in the Chinese Seas.

    London : 1844

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Cunynghame "From the author, to Dr. Heldermaier" on the half-title of the first volume: Dr Heldermaier is recorded as the headmaster of Worksop School in Nottinghamshire. Cunynghame (1812-1884), the son of a Scottish baronet and the illegitimate daughter of Edward Thurlow, the lord chancellor, was commissioned... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112176

  49. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.
    AH FONG PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO. The Sino-Japanese Hostilities 1937; [together with:] The Sino-Japanese Hostilities Shanghai 1937. Index.

    Shanghai & Wei-Hai-Wei : 1937

    First edition of the complete set of 200 silver gelatin photographs issued by the Ah Fong Photography Studio, recording the brutal siege and conquest of Shanghai by the Japanese at the opening of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japan's failure to defeat China in this war became the key dynamic for what happened in Asia during the Second World War. In... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 111970

  50. With Gordon in China.
    LYSTER, E. A. (ed.) With Gordon in China.

    London : 1891

    First edition. Thomas Lyster (1840-1865) was an Anglo-Irish British Army officer and aide to Gordon during his Chinese service. The work, compiled by Lyster's sister, contains a memoir, letters from his numerous commissions in China, of condolence to the family from Gordon and others, and a laudatory "Memorandum Respecting the Services of the Late Lieutenant... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 125439

  51. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.

    London : 1841-43

    An exceptionally well-preserved copy, presented here in an American naval officer's portable book box - as such remarkably uncommon - with the additional appeal of a series of original holograph coastal profiles. This is the fifth edition of this important publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 126537

  52. The Journey of Augustus Raymond Margary.
    ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford. The Journey of Augustus Raymond Margary.

    London : 1876

    Second edition of this account of British diplomat and explorer Augustus Raymond Margary's journey to explore overland trade routes between British India and China. The first edition was also published in 1876, that is, the year following the murder of Margary and his entire staff, which sparked the Margary Affair, leading to the Chefoo Convention.... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 118131

  53. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,
    DAVIS, Sir John Francis. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,

    London : 1823

    First edition of the Chinese scholar's collection of proverbs, "one of the first British titles to use Chinese type in innovative ways" (Keighren, Withers, & Bell, p. 135) and an excellent example of Murray's experimentation with printing developments of the time. Printed by Peter Perring Thoms at the East India Company's press in Macao due to the lack... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 133538

  54. Notices of the Indian Archipelago, and Adjacent Countries;
    MOOR, John Henry. Notices of the Indian Archipelago, and Adjacent Countries;

    Singapore : 1837

    First edition of one of the earliest books published in Singapore, comprising of articles first published in the Singapore Chronicle, Singapore's first newspaper, between 1824 and 1834. The proposed second part was never published. This valuable resource includes articles which would now otherwise be lost, as there are no known surviving copies of the... Learn More
    £28,500.00

    Stock Code: 132433

  55. The New Monetary System of China.
    LIN, Weiying. The New Monetary System of China.

    Shanghai : 1936

    First edition, first impression, of Lin's study of China's New Monetary System, introduced on 3 November 1935, in which China left the silver standard. From the library of Frank Tamagna, a noted authority on Chinese monetary policy, with his pencilled annotations but not otherwise marked as such. With an old newspaper clipping on Chinese currency, pasted... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 132314

  56. The Chinese Exhibition.
    CHINA; ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS. The Chinese Exhibition.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, of the commemorative catalogue of the Royal Academy's Chinese exhibition of 1935-6, the most important exhibition of Chinese art ever exhibited in Britain. The Chinese government loaned 800 objects, including 352 ceramics, some which of a type never before seen in the country. The exhibition helped to establish in western... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130464

  57. Travels in China,
    BARROW, John. Travels in China,

    London : 1804

    First edition of this highly influential work. "Barrow accompanied Lord Macartney's mission to the court of China in 1792 as his private secretary, and the present account of the country, accompanied by a number of fine plates, is one of the best illustrated English travels on China" (Hill). Barrow was the only son of a Lancashire journeyman tanner;... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 130271

  58. Puteshestviye v Ussuriyskom Kraye, 1867-1869 gg. S kartoy Ussuriyskogo Kraya (A Trip in the Ussuri Region 1867-1869).
    PRZHEVALSKY, Nikolay Mikhailovich. Puteshestviye v Ussuriyskom Kraye, 1867-1869 gg. S kartoy Ussuriyskogo Kraya (A Trip in the Ussuri Region 1867-1869).

    St Petersburg : 1870

    First edition of the first comprehensive description of the Ussuri region and Przhevalsky's first book, published at his own expense; very scarce, we have been able to trace one institutional location only, the incomplete copy at the Russian Presidential Library (lacking title page).

    Przhevalsky (1839-1888) passed through the military academy... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 129968

  59. Urbis Romae topographia.
    MARLIANI, Bartolomeo. Urbis Romae topographia.

    Rome & Basel : 1544 & 1543

    First illustrated edition, second issue (with woodcut device on title page) of Marliani's Urbis Romae topographia, one of the most celebrated early guides to Rome, illustrated with superb engravings of the city's most important sites. The important folding map cut by the calligrapher and wood engraver Giovanni Battista Palatino, probably designed by... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 130002

  60. China; Political, Commercial, and Social;
    MARTIN, R. Montgomery. China; Political, Commercial, and Social;

    London : 1847

    First edition, published in the wake of the First Opium War (1839-42). A very attractive set of this important work by the Dublin-born writer and civil servant Robert Montgomery Martin (c.1802-1868), who served as treasurer of Hong Kong: "His tenure was brief and controversial. Concluding that Hong Kong was unsuitable as a base for British operations... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 129925

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