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Circa 1843 - Fisher, London - First Edition
Finely bound set of this monumental work, in near fine condition and with less than the usually encountered foxing to which the plates of this work are prone.

Four volumes bound in two, profusely illustrated with 124 engraved plates, and four additional engraved titles ‘
China Illustrated’. Containing striking views of China, from the opium dens to the grand palaces, the coastal fishing villages to the Great Wall, with depictions of torture, tradespeople, etc. expertly engraved from 119 drawings by Allom, twenty-two of which are from sketches by other artists, and five from Chinese artists.

The work begins with Gutzlaff’s 72-page ‘
Life of Kang-He. Emperor of China’, following which the illustrations are enhanced by the detailed narrative of George Newenham Wright. 
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The Night-Comers - Eric Ambler

1956 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this thriller set in Southeast Asia. 'The Night-Comers' covers 24 critical hours in a military coup d'etat. Published in America as 'State of Siege'. Filmed by Rank in 1959.

Written by Ambler on his return from travelling through Southeast Asia.

Batik style patterned dust jacket designed by Judith Bledsoe.
 
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A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. - George Anson, Richard Walter

1748 - Printed for the Author, London - First Edition
A finely bound ‘Royal Paper’ copy of this beautifully illustrated work which ‘has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel’ (Hill), and ‘a model of what such literature should be’ (Cox).

Containing forty-two copper-engraved maps, charts, views, and coastal profiles, all but one folding, including views of Brazilian harbours and cities, Acapulco, Tenian, Port St. Julian, Magellan’s Straits, the Bay of Manila, Saipan, Lama, Lantau, Chinese junks, and others, and large folding maps of South America, the Philippines, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as a twelve-page subscriber list, and the two-page instructions to the binder.

England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. Seven ships were lost and of 900 men 600 perished. As usual, scurvy took an appalling toll.

The Spanish fleet sent to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Thus the primary objective of the expedition was not attained. Anson, however, continued taking prizes off the Pacific coast during 1741-42, and in June 1743, near the Philippines, he captured the Spanish galleon
Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga and its treasure of £400,000 sterling, which allowed Anson and the surviving members of his crew to reach England much the richer. 
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Days and Nights of Shikar - Mrs. W. W. Baillie

1921 - John Lane, London and New York - First Edition
‘Mrs Baillie seems to have been an incurable big-game hunter. She was married to a clergyman stationed in the Deccan; from there (rarely accompanied by the gentle padre) she made expeditions as far afield as Chamba in the Himalaya and Dharwar towards the south, in search of trophies to bring home to England.

‘This book is less bloodthirsty, than many; the worst moments in it are not concerned with the poor animals’ appointment with death, but with the author's own, which she managed to postpone twice at the very last minute.

‘The first time was on a night shoot from Bilaspur, near Simla. She had placed a goat’s carcass as a decoy under the hammock; unfortunately, just as an obliging tiger was approaching, the hammock string snapped and bowled Mrs Baillie into the mess below. Meanwhile the tiger fled away.

‘A closer shave involved a black bear, who caught our heroine as she fell from a rock, first chewing her leg and then making off with her head–for which it luckily mistook her sola topi, The leg healed after five weeks in hospital, and nothing daunted, Mrs Baillie lived to shoot another day.’ – Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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SOLD - Unbeaten Tracks in Japan - Isabella L. Bird

1881 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First American Edition
I venture to present it to the public in the hope that, in spite of its demerits, it may be accepted as an honest attempt to describe things as I saw them in Japan, on land journeys of more than 1400 miles.

A fine and scarce two volume account of the indomitable and observant Isabella Bird-Bishop’s solo travels through Japan in the late nineteenth century, illustrated with two engraved frontispieces, forty in-text engravings, and a large fold-out map to the rear of volume I. Later English and American editions where published as a single volume.

“The legendary Isabella Bird's ‘
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan’ recounts her travels in the Far East, begun four years earlier. Bird was recommended an open-air life from an early age as a cure for her physical and nervous difficulties, which based upon her extensive traveling and writing seem to have been completely misdiagnosed - it would not be surprising to discover that the phrase ‘a tough old bird’ refers her.

Created out of the letters Bird wrote home, primarily to her sister, Volume 1 recounts her experiences as a solo woman traveller living among the Japanese in Yokohama and Niigata. It includes descriptions of clothing, food and drink, education, housing, theatre, women's lifestyles, religion, plant life, medicine, shopping and other day-to-day activities, as well as the vicissitudes and excitement of the conditions and process of travelling, including by boat and pack-horse.

Volume 2 covers her journeys to Yeso, Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Ise Shrines, and includes her experiences of staying with the Hairy Ainu, the indigenous inhabitants of northern Japan. As with the first volume, it includes much detail of the lifestyles, customs, and habits of the people she encountered, as well as a chapter on Japanese public affairs.” [Cambridge University Press]

Isabella Lucy Bird (1831-1904) began her travelling career quite late in life. Occupied with caring for her parents until she was forty, by which time Bird herself had succumbed to a debilitating spinal complaint, depression, and insomnia, travel was prescribed as an antidote – the remedy to which she became addicted. She visited and wrote about countless countries, her vast experiences awarding her the honour of becoming the first women to be elected into the elite Royal Geographical Society. Frailty she did not tolerate, and at the age of 68, rode a thousand miles in Morocco and the Atlas Mountains.
 
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Peking Und Umgebung - Boy-Ed

1907 - Verlag der Brigade-Zeitung, Tientsin
Canvassed backed colour map of Peking, 71 x 80 cm. Text in German and Chinese.

With original title, additional booksellers stamp and contemporary owner’s name to front covers

This map was also used for the photographic work of the same name published in 1906 by the printing office of the German occupation forces. According to Wittockiana very little is known about the author Boy-ed, who was first lieutenant and headed the German detachment of howitzers in Peking during the Boxer rebellion.
 
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Selections from the Popular Poetry of The Hindoos - Thomas Duer Broughton (editor translator)

1814 - Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, London - First Edition
A pretty and scarce first edition of the first published anthology of Hindi Poets. Internally fine and unopened. 
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1934 - Kelly & Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition
Describing the visit of Mr.Pim to Peking, where he meets with his colleague Mr Wu, and together they tour the wonderful city that is 1930’s Peking. As a gift to someone who is moving to China or has recently visited this is hard to beat. Things may have changed slightly though.

A large format book (38 x 27cm) beautifully illustrated throughout by Friedrich Schiff with a mixture of black and white or colour sketches, photographs taken by Catleen with her Roliflex camera, with colour applied and a full page hand sketched colour map.
 
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