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WATHEN, James. Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China;
London : 1814First 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
GILES, Herbert A. A Glossary of Reference, on Subjects Connected with the Far East.
Hong Kong and Shanghai : 1878Scarce first edition, going through two further editions (1886 and 1900); this copy with a fine provenance: from the library of Byron Brenan (1847-1927), British Consul General to Shanghai (1899-1901), with his bold ownership inscription at head of title page. In his Memoirs, Giles refers to Brenan on several occasions and calls him "an excellent speaker... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145414
SHANGHAI. Plan of Shanghai. Published by the North-China Daily News and Herald, Limited.
London : 1928Rare 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
MASON, George Henry; ALEXANDER, William; DALVIMART, Octavien; PYNE, William Henry; D'OYLY, Charles & Thomas Williamson. The Costume of China; The Punishments of China; The Costume of the Russian Empire; The Costume of Turkey; The Costume of Great Britain; The Costumes and Customs of Modern India
London : 1800; 1801; 1803; 1804; 1804; c.1824"A most important series of books on costume" (Hardie, p. 151), this a particularly choice set - presented here in stylish period morocco bindings - of these famous colour plate books, issued by two of the most fashionable publishers of the era, William Miller and Edward Orme.
The Costume of China has plates by the accomplished stipple engraver... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 145507
MOOR, John Henry. Notices of the Indian Archipelago, and Adjacent Countries;
Singapore : 1837First 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
DOOLITTLE, Rev. Justus. Vocabulary and Hand-book of the Chinese Language.
Foochow : 1872First edition of this comprehensive English-to-Chinese vocabulary phrase book. Rev. Justus Doolittle (1824-1880) was a US missionary, Chinese scholar and numismatist who wrote extensively on Chinese culture and religion, publishing a number of articles in the China Mail. This work features an expansive English-to-Chinese dictionary in volume I, and... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129232
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 : 1841-43Scarce 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
LE PALUD, A. M. The Yangtze Gorges.
Shanghai : [c.1935]First edition, first impression, of this photographic tour of the Yangtze River. The author, travelling from Yichang to Chongqing on a steamer, narrates the trip, detailing the geography, scenery, and culture of the places visited. The text is accompanied by 56 full page illustrations, providing a stunning guide to the river as it was in the period... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 129303
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 : 1841-43An 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
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 : 1844First 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
DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:
London : 1738-41Second 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
WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
London : 1669First 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
CLARK, Robert Sterling, & Arthur de C. Sowerby. Through Shên-kan: the account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908-9.
London : 1912First edition, first impression. This work is an account of the 1908-9 expedition to the Shensi and Kansu provinces of northern China, funded by Robert Sterling Clark, heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Clark was joined by the naturalist and writer, Arthur de Carle Sowerby and here they recount their travels along with observations on geography,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 129306
COXE, William. Account of the Russian Discoveries between Asia and America.
London : 1780First edition of this important work, a compilation by the English historian William Coxe of contemporary accounts of the principal Russian explorations and discoveries made in Siberia and and northwestern North America since 1741, as part of Russia's attempts to open communications with the New World.
Part I of the work is a translation of Johann... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 145379
TIMKOWSKI, George. Travels of the Russian Mission through Mongolia to China, and Residence in Peking, in the Year 1820-1821.
London : 1827First edition in English of reputedly the first individually published Russian account of China, originally published in German as Reise nach Pekin (1825-6). Timkowski (1790-1875) was "royal overseer" on the tenth Russian mission to Peking, where the Russian government had maintained a school and church since 1728. His account is notable for its detailed... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 121154
HOBSON, Robert Lockhart. The Later Ceramic Wares of China.
London : 1925First edition, deluxe issue, number 135 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, and containing a suite of five extra plates not found in the trade issue ("ordinary edition"). Hobson (1872-1941) was keeper of ceramics and ethnographer at the British Museum from 1921, and keeper of oriental antiquities from 1934 to 1938. This work was... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 121474
STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,
London : 1832First 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
STAUNTON, George. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...
London : 1798Second, 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
BIRD, Isabella Lucy, as Mrs. J. F. Bishop. The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.
London : 1899First 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
FITKIN, Gretchen Mae. The Great River.
Shanghai : 1922First 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
ALLEN, Bernard M. The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British diplomats, allowing him to... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 129203
LEPPER, Charles H. The Question of an Overland Route to China from India via Assam,
Richmond : 1882First edition. Scarce, only 2 copies on WorldCat - Stanford and NYPL.This short paper was the culmination of almost 10 years of obsessive work by Lepper trying to identify the best overland route from Indian to China. From the early 1870s he had been writing letters home to England and to Indian newspapers urging the necessity - for the success of the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 125448
GOLF; JAPAN - WHITE, Cyril T. H. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.
1890-1906A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the first Japanese... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 117485
HUNTER, William C. The "Fan Kwae" At Canton.
London : 1882First 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
ALLOM, Thomas (illus.); WRIGHT, George Newenham. China,
London : 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
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 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
BICHURIN, Iakinf. Opisaniye chzhungarii i vostochnago turkistana, v'drevnem' i ninshem sostoyanii. Perevedeno s'kitayskago …
St Petersburg : 1829First edition, rare, of this pioneering description of Central Asia by one of the founders of Russian sinology, Iakinf Bichurin (1777-1853); it gathers three Chinese texts in their first European translation. The region covered corresponds to northwest China and Central Asia, comprising East Turkestan and Dzungaria, the latter bounded by the Tan Shan... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 121603
SIRÉN, Osvald. Early Chinese Paintings.
London : 1938Limited 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
DAVIS, Sir John Francis. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,
London : 1823First 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
GUEULETTE, Thomas-Simon. Chinese Tales;
London : 1781First edition with Thomas Stothard's engravings, and the sixth 18th-century edition overall. Stothard was then a young engraver, but was rapidly gaining prestige for his illustrations and artwork. Gueulette first published the Chinese Tales in French in 1723. Though entirely invented, it joined his other works such as Mogul Tales and Tartarian Tales... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 126770
AKHMATOVA, Anna (trans.) Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.
Moscow : 1954 & 1956First 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
MARLIANI, Bartolomeo. Urbis Romae topographia.
Rome & Basel : 1544 & 1543First 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
CHINA. South Manchuria Railway, April, 1935.
Dairen, Manchuria : 1935First 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
STEIN, M. Aurel. Serindia.
Oxford : 1921First edition, first impression, of this landmark work which has a strong claim to be the single most important text on Central Asia, beautifully produced and presented here in the distinctive original cloth bindings.
Stein explains in his introduction: "The term Serindia, as adopted (in the form Sérinde) by valued French fellow-scholars, is... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 125986
LEANG-LI, T'Ang (ed.) Reconstruction in China.
Shanghai : 1935First edition, first impression, of this comprehensive propagandistic account of the reconstruction of China since the foundation of the Republic of China in January 1912. The work was simultaneously published in French and German. Leang-li (1901-1970) was a journalist and politician who, in 1929, was appointed chief of the Communications Office to... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 129298
BURKE, Thomas. Limehouse Nights:
London : 1916First 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
BICHURIN, Iakinf. Sobranie svedeni o narodah, obitavshih v Sredney Azii v drevnie vremena
St Petersburg : 1851First edition, considered as the first scientific attempt at an ancient history of Central Asia. This was Bichurin's last work, bringing together data collected over the previous three decades. Inevitably it is mostly based on Chinese materials, but, as Bichurin states in the preface, he wanted to show the ethnic history of the whole region of Central... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 119926
MANEN, Bertien van. East Wind West Wind.
Amsterdam : 2001First edition, first impression, signed by the photographer on the front free endpaper. In this work Bertien van Manen (b.1942) uses a snapshot aesthetic to create an intimate view into Chinese life. Her photographs are accompanied by text by the Dutch writer Ian Buruma, in both English and Chinese. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 125445
MARTIN, R. Montgomery. China; Political, Commercial, and Social;
London : 1847First 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
WISE, Henry. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,
London : 1839First 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
SUZUKI, Diasetz Teitaro. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.
London : 1907First 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
LYSTER, E. A. (ed.) With Gordon in China.
London : 1891First 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
BARROW, John. Travels in China,
London : 1804First 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
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
NAZAROFF, Pavel S. Moved On! From Kashgar to Kashmir.
London : 1935First edition. Nazaroff, who had assisted British and White Russian forces in Tashkent escaped a Soviet prison for China. This journey formed the subject of his first book, Hunted Through Central Asia. After China recognised the Soviet state in 1924 Nazaroff was forced to flee again, this time for Kashmir, across Chinese Turkestan. This narrative tells... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 128632
STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks.
London : 1933First 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
HARRER, Heinrich. Seven Years in Tibet.
New York : 1954First 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
YATES, Elizabeth Upham. Glimpses into Chinese Homes.
Boston : 1887First 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
POP-UP BOOK - KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. Marco Polo.
London : 1962The 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