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Sport on the Nilgiris and in Wynaad - F. W. F. Fletcher

1911 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Edition
‘Fletcher introduces both the terrain and the history of the Nilgiris and Wynaad regions in India, then provides big game chapters on a species-by-species basis. Each of these chapters features not only the natural history of the animals, but also the author's experiences hunting them. Included are chapters devoted to elephant, tiger, leopards, bison, beer, tahr, ibex, sambur, and other deer species.

Fletcher switched from a .450 rifle to a .600 Jeffery: “
In cold blood the recoil from his rifle is somewhat severe; but in the excitement of shooting it is not noticeable.”’ - Czech.

Illustrated with 18 plates, and folding coloured map as frontispiece.
 
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La Guerre de Chine - G. C. de Fortavion

1862 - Pont-à-Mousson, Paris - First Edition
Oblong folio album of 16 lithographic plates, each accompanied by explanatory text leaf, on boards with hand-coloured lithographed view to upper cover, and lithographed view of Tianjin to lower cover. Housed in modern folding brown cloth case, spine lettered in gilt.

‘The attractive plates show details of fleets, battles and encampments, during General Montauban's campaign in China with the allied army in 1860. The views include Canton, the procession of the Chinese plenipotentiaries at the camp in Tien-Tsin, the Summer Palace, the taking of Pekin and the triumphant entry of the allied armies in Peking’ (Wittockiana,
Western Travellers in China). 
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Practical Boat Sailing - Douglas Frazar

1879 - Lee and Shepard, Boston - First Edition
A very early little compilation of useful knowledge for small boat sailors in America by Brigadier General Douglas Frazar ‘Formerly Fourth Officer of the steamship “Atlantic,” Master of the bark “Maryland,” and Commander of the yacht “Fenimore Cooper” in the Northern Seas of China and Japan.’ Frazer founded the trading house of Frazar & Co. in Shanghai, later a cofounder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (1915).

Illustrated with in-text vignettes, charts, and frontispiece plate of a mariner’s compass.
 
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The Shop Signs of Peking - H. K. Fung

1931 - Issued by the Chinese Painting Association of Peking, China - Edition Limited to 100 Copies
A beautifully hand coloured book showing the signs used by Chinese shopkeepers to advertise their trade, with 101 hand-coloured illustrations of shop signs each accompanied by the Chinese and English description, together with a forward in English by H. K. Fung. 
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Anglo-Indian Cuisine (Khána Kitâb) and Domestic Cookery - Constance E. Gordon

1913 - Thacker, Calcutta and Simla - Second Edition
A rare second edition of this important little book, with added recipes, market lists etc. making it double the size of the 1904 edition.

Including instructions and menus, such as ‘
Bazaar for two persons for a day’, ‘Tiffin and Breakfast Dishes’, and ‘Market Price Lists’ for Bombay, Poona and Calcutta, ‘Glossary of Indian Terms’; as well as a wages table and information on ‘Wages and Work of Principal Servants’. And more...

‘The memsahib who has just attained wedded bliss, and realises that after the honeymoon is over mundane matters and the cook have to be faced, has half the battle won if she is armed with a copy of Constance Eve Gordon’s ‘Khána Kitâb’” – Major Max,
Capital of Calcutta.

Anabel Loyd in her book ‘
Picnic Crumbs’ comments that ‘The picnic as an entertainment in Anglo-Indian circles was not expected to be a simple affair. In 1904, Constance E. Gordon, while strongly advocating the excellence of ‘Savoury Sandwiches’ at teatime, does not, according to her list for a picnic for twelve, consider them suitable food for an alfresco entertainment where the Butler is required to ‘make a nice French Salad to go round with the Cold Meats’. Her menu is well though out and perhaps not of excessive quantity for the tie although 6lbs of cold beef besides ham, turkey, ox-tongue, pigeon pie and soused pomfrets would certainly be heavy on the protein for contemporary taste.’ 
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Shanghai Of To-Day. A Souvenir Album of Fifty Vandyck Prints of “The Model Settlement” - O. M. Green

1928 - Kelly & Walsh, Shanghai - Second Edition – Enlarged
A superior copy of the enlarged edition with fifty tipped-on black and white photographic plates by Vandyck, preceded by an introduction by Owen Mortimer Green, who was British editor of the North China Daily News.

‘Shanghai, being a Treaty Port, was composed of two parts : the native of Shanghai city, under the control and administration of the Chinese and the foreign governed Shanghai International Settlement. This work, fully illustrated with photographs, covers the most important places of the Shanghai International al Settlement, with it’s emphasis on the more Western-Style architecture, in particular administrative or commercial buildings and some religious buildings, combined to present Shanghai as a modern and attractive city.’
 
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Voyages à Peking, Manille et l'Île de France, faits dans l'intervalle des années 1784 à 1801 - Chrétien de Guignes

1808 - l'Imprimerie Impériale (J.J. Marcel) for Treuttel and Würtz, Paris - First Editions
A finely bound set of Guines’ well respected and profusely illustrated journal, with text in French, covering his time in China and the Philippines. Three octavo volumes and small folio atlas with 92 engraved plates and 6 engraved maps.

Chrétien-Louis-Joseph de Guignes (1759-1845), renowned Sinologist, was named French representative in China in 1784 and conul in Canton. During the years 1794 and 1795 he accompanied the Dutch embassy to Peking to meet with the Emperor. Of his seventeen years in China, Guignes provides numerous observations on the manners and customs, the festivals, the costumes, etc.

He later produced his Chinese-Latin-French dictionary, still considered an important work of scholarship. Guignes’ journal also touches on the Mauritius (I’lle de France), at the time the centre of French influence in the Indian Ocean and the principle base of peaceful and military French enterprise [Ryckebusch, n° 3783]. According to Numa Broc "Guignes, who only published his report in 1808, was able to know and use the works of Staunton and Barrow": he thus completed on several points these two relations of the embassy of Lord Macartney in China (Broc,
La Géographie des philosophes). 
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A Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern - Rev. Charles Gutzlaff

1834 - Smith, London - First Edition
Two finely bound volumes of Gützlaff’s work, complete with one large folding map and 10 folding tables.

Charles Gützlaff (1803-51), who has a street named after him in Hong Kong, ‘was ordained in 1826 and sent to the Dutch East Indies as an agent of the Netherlands Missionary Society. After a brief spell in Batavia with William Medhurst, he set out on 8 April 1827 to convert the Chinese settlers in the Riau archipelago. A year later he embarked on independent missionary work among the Chinese of Bangkok, Siam. Gützlaff next turned up on the China coast. As a result of his trip to Tientsin (Tianjin) in a Chinese junk in 1831, British traders began to make use of his extraordinary linguistic talents in their efforts to find new markets. Although he was later criticised for having associated with opium smugglers to propagate Christianity, Gützlaff regarded these trips as unique opportunities to preach and distribute Christian literature beyond the confines of Canton. Moreover, his
Journal of Three Voyages Along the Coast of China in 1831, 1832, 1833 generated considerable interest in China in Western political, commercial, and religious circles, as did his Sketch of Chinese History, Ancient and Modern and the more controversial China Opened.’ [Oxford DNB] 
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