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China in Transition: A Moment in History - Henri Cartier-Bresson

1956 - Thames and Hudson, London - First English Edition, published the same year as the American Edition
A nice example of Cartier-Bresson’s pictorial diary in the scarce dust-jacket, with 144 photographs taken by Cartier-Bresson during the 1949 revolution and with introduction by him.

Cartier-Bresson spent eleven months in China during 1948-1949, five months of which were under the Kuomintang government; he arrived in Beijing at the beginning of December 1948, just twelve days before the city was taken by Mao's troops, and left on the last plane out before they actually arrived there.
 
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La Montre Chinois. Relations de l’Horologie Suisse avec la China - Alfred Chapuis, Gustave Loup

1919 - Attinger Frères, Neuchatel - First Edition
A superb and fine copy, illustrated with 33 colour and black & white plates, and 245 half-tone illustrations. Included is an introduction on ‘L’Horométrie et le Système cosmologique des Chinois’ by Léopold de Saussure.

A survey of European cosmological instruments and mechanical amusements introduced to the Chinese Imperial Court from the 14th century, and the elaborate Swiss timepieces made for that market in Europe and in China, the first seeming to be by Francois-Louis Stadlin, a Swiss Jesuit in China from 1707-1740. The whole is referenced with texts from the contemporary writings of ambassadors, merchant traders and churchmen; preceded by de Saussure’s essay on ancient Chinese cosmology.

Prominent Swiss makers included Charles de Constant in the 18th century and the Bovet family in the 19th century, and many examples of their timekeepers could be found in the imperial palaces.

The copy of Alain de Suzannet.
 
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The China Pilot. Part 1. East Coast from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Chiefly from the Surveys of Captain Collinson, R.N., C.B. edited by Robert Loney - together with - Large Folio atlas containing 25 large double-page Admiralty Charts - Captain Richard Collinson, Robert Loney

1855 - Published by order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, Printed for the Hydrographic Office - First Edition, Charts as Detailed
The China Pilot contains sailing directions for the East Coast of China from Hong Kong to Shanghai, including the Meiaco-sima, Loochoo, and the islands to the north-east of them. The work was originally drawn up by Captain Collinson, C.B. from surveys of that coast made by himself, Captain Kellett, C.B. and Lieutenants Bate and Gordon, R.N., between the years 1841-5, and the appendix from surveys of Captain F.W. Beechey, Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., Rear Admiral Cecille, and the officers of the French Corvette La Sabine, and the United States Japanese Expedition, 1851-3.

Together with a large folio atlas containing 25 charts (ten are double page), published between 1840 and 1860. Of which 22 are British Admiralty charts including those of the First Survey of the China Coast by Collinson and Kellett. The remaining three are French Charts.
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A remarkable seven volume set of all of Cook’s three voyages. Illustrated with twenty five striking aquatint plates, including frontispieces in each volume, large folding map, and a table.

‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King

1773London - Second Edition, First Edition, Second Edition
‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]

Together nine volumes. Overall, a near fine set.
 
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China - Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical. With some account of Ava and the Burmese, Siam, and Anam - Julia Corner

1853 - Henry G. Bohn, London - First Edition
A compilation of various writings on China, with steel engraved map, and 85 black and white woodcut illustrations. Beautifully bound in modern pictorial cloth.

A large portion of the writing is from Julia Corner’s
History of China, other authors include John Davis and Wells Williams. 
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Journal of an Embassy from the Governor-General of India to the Courts of Siam and Cochin China - John Crawfurd

1830 - Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London - Second Edition
Crawfurd’s intelligent and comprehensive account of his mission to Siam and Vietnam, volume one being his narrative of the mission itself, whilst volume two describes the people, places, customs, manners and other observations made during that time. In original boards and spine, full margins and partially unopened.

‘In 1821 Crawfurd, then based in Calcutta, was appointed to head a mission to Siam and Vietnam, with the primary objective of opening up commerce. He made little headway with the suspicious local authorities and achieved no political and little commercial advantage, despite instructions to seek trade on liberal terms without demanding the exclusive privileges customary in the past. But the official report, which he submitted on his return to Calcutta in December 1822, provided invaluable information.’

Profusely illustrated throughout, with engraved maps, plates, and woodcuts.
 
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My Journey to Lhasa - Alexandra David-Neel

1927 - Harper & Brothers, New York and London - First Edition published simultaneously with the London Edition
A bright first edition in the scarce dust jacket, by the explorer, shamaness, and full-blown eccentric, Alexandra David-Neel, one of the most extraordinary pioneers of her generation. Illustrated throughout with photographs.

Mrs. David-Neel went to Lhasa simply because she was not allowed to, and because it was her spiritual home... this was the Frenchwoman’s justification for stealing through the winter plains and mountains of Tibet towards the sacred capital Lhasa in 1923.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Her expedition to the sacred city forced her over the mountains and through the harshest winter storms the Tibetan climate had to offer, before eventually managing to enter the city disguised as a male beggar. Accompanied throughout by her trusted sidekick, and eventually adopted son, Yongden, David-Neel covers every topic from spiritualism, geography, politics, to ‘how-to-guides’ on tasks such as temperature manipulation and levitation. An inspiration to many, and one of the most fascinating female travel writers of all time, David-Neel’s work is a testament to the power of determination and endurance.
 
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