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Up the Yang-Tse. (Reprinted from the 'China Review.') With Sketch Maps - E. H. Parker

1891 - Printed at the 'China Mail' Office, Hong Kong - First Edition
A rare first edition of this detailed and descriptive account of a journey taken by sinologist, diplomat and barrister Edward Harper Parker. His observant narrative ranges from opium, trafficking of women, infanticide, and bribery to the silk trade, farming, local customs and beliefs.

Illustrated with eight sketch maps (six of which are folding).
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Price HK$ 13,000

An Authentic Account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China - Sir George Staunton, Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower

1797 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G, London - First Edition
A clean and exquisitely bound set of this cornerstone of Chine related travel literature, together with the magnificent Elephant Folio Atlas showing forty-four engraved maps and plates (mainly after Alexander), of which two are folding and six are double-page.

‘An account of the first British embassy to China, under Lord Macartney. Great Britain was anxious to establish formal diplomatic relations with China and thus open the way for unimpeded trade relations, but centuries of Chinese reserve and self-sufficiency presented a formidable obstacle to the embassy, and the Chinese emperor effectually resisted Lord Macartney’s arguments and gifts. The visit of the British embassy nonetheless resulted in this remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs at the close of the eighteenth century’ -
The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. 
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Price HK$ 220,000

1957 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Oh my Lord we are going to Paris France, to get roses in our cheeks!’

The second book in the famous children's series with lovely illustrations by Hilary Knight. Starring the magnificently precocious Eloise, who can become dangerously influential to a daughter's life. A wonderful way of learning about Paris.

Pas de quoi d'accord and zut! 
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1955 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

‘I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel.’

With those immortal words, we are introduced to the irreverent and hilarious young occupant of the Plaza, the quirky and ever-lovable Eloise, (rumoured to have been modeled on Kay Thompson’s young goddaughter, Liza Minnelli)...

Accompanied by her English Nanny, loyal pug, and pet turtle, Eloise enjoys spending her days riding the elevator, adding her crayon art to the walls, and avoiding homework at all costs. Selling over 150’000 copies within the first two years of its publication, Knight’s protagonist went on to become one of the most influential and iconic characters of children’s literature, brought to life by Hilary Knight’s brilliant illustrations, combining child-like wonder with warmth and comedy.
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1958 - Random House, New York - First Edition
Then it’s zippity jingle and dash away ping,
Hang holly and berries in all the halls,
Tie tassels on all the thermostats and Write Merry Christmas on all of the walls!

Eloise is back in the third of the series, ready to create mischief and havoc, dashing Nanny’s hopes for a quiet and calm celebration... accompanied with magical illustrations by the inimitable Hilary Knight.

Super dooper copy with the ‘To’ and ‘From’ label still waiting to be filled in...
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Price HK$ 1,900

1959 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

Despite Nanny’s pleading, nothing can deter Eloise from her trip to Moscow! Armed with her natural charm and somewhat questionable diplomacy skills, she’s determined to put on her Ushanka, pack up her sled, and get to the Aragvi in time for tea.

An interesting glimpse into a Cold War 1959 view of Soviet Russia, with Hilary Knights illustrations, including stunning fold-out panorama of ‘Ancient Kremlin Citadel’, adding colour and humour, albeit with slightly less pink than Eloise would have wished for...
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History of the America's Cup - Winfield. M. Thompson, Thomas W. Lawson

1902 - Privately Printed, Boston - First and Limited Edition, of which this is number 1342
A beautiful copy in publisher’s binding, of this large and splendid volume, over 400 pages illustrated with eighty-nine full page plates of which sixteen are colour and two are maps outlined in colour, detailing the history of the America’s Cup from 1851 to 1902, it’s challenges, yachts, protests, characters and an appendix of press articles. There is nothing finer.

Scarce in this condition even more so in the original magnificent gilt pictorial white canvas cloth binding with green morocco title label. Privately printed for private distribution only, and limited to 3,000 copies most of which were presented to prominent members of the yachting community, this particular copy was presented to ‘The High School Library Of Oceanic’.
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The ‘Chronicles of Barsetshire’, with ‘An Autobiography’ - Anthony Trollope, Charles S. Olcott (Photographs)

1929 - Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford-upon-Avon - Large Paper Edition
‘There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilised and free countries than the necessity of listening to sermons.’

A handsome mostly unopened thirteen volume set of Trollope’s
Chronicles of Barsetshire, comprising The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington, and The Last Chronicle of Barset, together with the matching single volume of Trollope’s autobiography. The final volume also contains an ‘Index to Characters’.

Chronicles examine every facet of the human condition by following the lives of men and women residing in the (fictional) cathedral town of Barchester. The novels remain an exquisite example of 19th century romantic-realism, and were praised by Nathiel Hawthorn as being ‘just as real as if some giant had hewn a great lump out of the earth and put it under a glass case, with all its inhabitants going about their daily business, and not suspecting that they were made a show of.’

Illustrated profusely with photographic plates taken by Charles Sumner Olcott (1864-1935), to represent the major features, landmarks, and buildings within Barsetshire county, and to which he adds an introduction to explain his choice of locations and imagery.
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Price HK$ 5,300

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