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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.

Frazar 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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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 using the Vandyck printing process, 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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Morokoshi Meishô Zue [Description of Famous Places in China] - Okada Gyokuzan, Oka Yûgaku, Ôhara Toya Minsei

1806 [Bunka 3] - Kawachiya Kichibei [and 11 others], Ôsaika - First Edition
Very scarce first edition of this magnificently illustrated six volume work on the famous places of Qing Dynasty China, with approximately 327 full-page woodblock prints (xylographic printing on mulberry paper) of which there are 135 double-page illustrations, 1 triple page illustration and three eight-page illustrations (a few of the maps being outlined in red ink). Edited and illustrated by Japanese artists Okada Gyokuzan, (1737-1812), Oka Yûgaku (1762-1833) and Ôhara Toya (1771-1840).

The text printed in Chinese and Japanese with Japanese reading marks. In original publishers blue wrappers, and housed in a custom made navy morocco leather and cloth clamshell case, titled in gilt.

The illustrations depict mostly topographical views: natural archaeological or sacred sites (the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism, monasteries) and palaces, or historical and legendary scenes based on classical literature. Specifically a map of China and Korea, a map of Peking, a plan of the the Forbidden City, a fine double-page plate depicting the astronomical observatory of Peking set up by the Jesuits Johann Adam Schall and Ferdinand Verbiest, maps and views of the Great Wall and its numerous gates. There are also views of buildings no longer extant, such as the Imperial Elephant Stables.

In summary - Eleven 2-page maps, thirteen 2-page city plans, six 2-page temple plans, three 8-page scenery print, one 3-page scenery print, one-hundred and five 2-page scenery prints, thirty 1-page scenery prints, nineteen in-text prints, four pages of Chinese costume prints, two circular prints of Chinese dignitaries, one full page print of patterns, nine pages of prints of Chinese weapons, armour, and tents, four pages of prints of Chinese vessels and containers, five pages of prints of costumes and jewellery, ten pages of prints of musical instruments, two pages of prints of scales, nineteen pages of prints of modes of transport and accompanying banners and musicians, eight pages of prints of globes and other related instruments, a two page army schematic, four pages of prints of Chinese military costumes, two pages of elephant accessories, and numerous vignettes and samples of Chinese text.
 
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A Study of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of Ada Small Moore - Louise Wallace Hackney, Yau Chang-Foo

1940 - Oxford University Press, London New York Toronto - First Edition
A significant and large folio catalogue of the substantial collection of Chinese paintings in the collection Ada Small Moore (Mrs. William H. Moore) from pre T'ang times to the Ch'ing Dynasty.

Profusely illustrated with 43 monochrome plates of paintings (a number of which are folding), five colour plates of paintings, five plates of calligraphy, and three plates of seals. With detailed descriptions of each work, together with additional notes on history and provenance, and detailed indexes.

This copy includes the additional ten page additional supplement describing the Ming Dynasty hand scroll ‘Distinguished Scholars Feast Before Parting by Shên Chou (1427-1509)’ which ‘
was added to the Collection too late to be included in this book’. 
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