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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 Gentlemen's Magazine, to which he was a frequent contributor. In 1811 he sailed to India and China with Captain James... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 142461
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... Learn More£28,500.00
Stock Code: 132433
WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
London : 1669First edition, an influential treatise proposing Chinese as the original language, 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John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages were confounded at... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
MAY, F. H. Yachting in Hongkong.
Hong Kong : 1905First and sole edition, rare; presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "G. H. U. Noel from the Author, 1905". An excellent provenance: Admiral Sir Gerard Uctred Noel (1845-1918) was Commander-in-Chief, China Station, 1904-06, and had a long and distinguished career. He had joined the service as a cadet in 1858, was a sub-lieutenant... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141938
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; HONG KONG.) ABERCROMBIE, Patrick. Hong Kong.
London : 1948First edition, first impression of Hong Kong's "first 'strategic' plan for the territory" (Pun), observing the two major constraints it faced: "a shortage of land and an unlimited reservoir of possible immigration" (Xue, p. 7).
Sir (Leslie) Patrick Abercrombie (18791957), "was the most famous town planner in Britain" at the time of his nomination... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 133601
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
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
(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