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DOOLITTLE, Rev. Justus.

Vocabulary and Hand-book of the Chinese Language.

Vocabulary and Hand-book of the Chinese Language.

Foochow: Rozario, Marcal and Company, 1872 Stock Code: 129232
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A notably bright set of this comprehensive vocabulary with an attractive missionary provenance

First 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 a general handbook, containing additional phrases and miscellaneous guides to Chinese language and culture, in volume II, including a chapter on Chinese coinage based on his own collection. Provenance: from the library of Albert Ephriam André (1877-1944), with ownership stamp to front pastedown of volume I and his extensive annotations to the text, predominately in volume II. André was likewise a US missionary, working in Fancheng from 1899 until 1901, returning in 1902 until 1907. His annotations are in both English and Mandarin, and are mainly to be found in sections on religion, including Buddhism and local heresies. In a number of places the annotation appears to be a phonetic spelling of the correct Chinese pronunciation. André later returned to the US and became curator of the Oriental Department at the Brooklyn Museum.

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2 volumes, octavo. Original black buckram, spines relaid, retaining the majority of the original cloth, titles to spine in gilt, edges patterned red.


A touch of wear to tips, cloth discreetly furbished, judicious reinforcement to joints, light toning to contents, a very good, uncommonly bright, set.


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