The Break-Up of China.
With an Account of Its Present Commerce, Currency, Waterways, Armies, Railways, Politics and Future Prospects.London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899 Stock Code: 143576
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 threat' (ODNB). This copy has the bookplate and ownership inscription of Princess Clara Hatzfeldt (1860-1928), the adopted daughter of American industry magnate C. P. Huntington.
Octavo. Contemporary black half morocco, dark green cloth sides, raised bands to spine, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, grey-blue endpapers.
Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, one photographic plate, 2 partially coloured folding maps, one folding table, and occasional tables in text.
Colour skilfully retouched at extremities, slight offsetting from bookplate and browning from turn-ins, some minor foxing to fore edge, prelims, and endmatter. A few small tape repairs to verso of Map I, a couple of small tears to margins of Map II. A very good copy.
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