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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 the Japanese artists Okada Gyokuzan, [1737-1812], Oka Yûgaku [1762-1833] and Ôhara Toya [1771-1840]. Text printed in Chinese and Japanese with Japanese reading marks, in original publishers blue wrappers.

Housed in 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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Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island - Captain Basil Hall, H. J. Clifford

1818 - John Murray, London - First Edition
A fine full margined copy, with nine aquatint plates by William Havell, all but one hand-coloured, five engraved maps, including two folding, and an engraved plate of ‘Wollaston’s Dip Sector’ instrument.

‘This expedition took Lord Amherst's embassy to China and explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryukyu Archipelago. Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until this 1816-7 expedition of the
Alceste and Lyra, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukus. On the homeward passage, the Alceste was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra. Captain Hall served in the Royal Navy from 1802-23 and achieved the rank of post-captain. He saw extensive duty on the Pacific coast of America, and continued his travels as a private citizen. He wrote many other books about his travels and experiences.’ - Hill. 
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South Australia - William Harcus

1876 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition
An informative, late 19th century guide to South Australia, compiled by Adelaide congregational minister, William Harcus, and published by ‘Authority of the Government of South Australia’. With interesting chapters on climate, population, government, land, railways, mining, the Murray River, the Trans-Australian Telegraph, exploration, immigration, agriculture, wine making and vineyards, flora and fauna, and meteorology, together with various statistical information, including one folding diagram showing the ‘progress of the province of South Australia’.

Profusely illustrated with 66 wonderfully detailed, full page engravings taken from photographs, and two folding lithographic maps of South Australia and Australia, housed in rear pocket.
 
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The Lady and the Panda: An Adventure - Ruth Harkness

1938 - Carrick & Evans, New York - First Edition
A bright copy – in the rare original dust jacket – of this uncommon book, American socialite Ruth Harkness’ account of her panda-hunting expedition to China in 1936. Successfully – and unexpectedly – capturing an infant panda, which she named Su-Lin,

Harkness brazenly side-stepped Chinese bureaucracy, and garbed in fur with a cigarette dangling from her lipsticked mouth and a baby bottle propped in hand, she waged a savvy public battle to extricate Su-Lin from his native land, eventually finding a home for him at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, where he attracted record crowds: 53,000 visitors the first day, a number yet to be matched.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with 16 pages of black and white photographs taken during Harkness’ journey and of panda, Su-Lin.
 
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1947 - Longmans, London - Third Edition
The standard history of Burma, based on Burmese chronicles and on Western archival sources, focusing on everything from politics to dynastic events.’

Three works on Burmese History bound into a charmingly petite volume for Charles Booth, British diplomat who served in Burma three times between 1950 and 1978.

Harvey’s ‘
Outline of Burmese History’ contained in the compilation was once considered the definitive work on the subject. The educational tone set by the first work is carefully balanced with the wonderful and exhilarating account of Gribble’s near death trek across the country during the Japanese invasion in 1942, based primarily on the author’s diaries and letters that he was able to retain during his travels. 
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Jehol, City of Emperors - Sven Hedin

1932 - Kegan Paul, London - First Edition
A lovely copy in the scarce dust jacket, with 62 halftone illustrations, three sketches by the author, and sketched map.

Just north of the Great Wall of China lies the city of Jehol (or Cheng-te), which was once the magnificent summer capital of the Manchu emperors. In the eighteenth century, Jehol was at its zenith of power and influence. During this period the Emperor Ch'ien Lung (1736-96) built many magnificent monuments, including the Potala, built in the style of the style of the Potala in Lhasa, and the Hsin Kung temple monastery.

Explorer Sven Hedin visited this city in 1930 and found Jehol and its monuments fast crumbling into ruin. In this book Hedin documents the city in detail, and refers to it as Fontainebleau of China, mindful that within a few years his descriptions and photographs could well be all that would remain of this magic city.
 
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Abrégé Historique des Principaux Traits de la Vie de Confucius, Célèbre Philosophe Chinois - Isidore Stanislas Henri Helman (engraver), Pierre-Charles Levesque (translator), Jean-Denis Attiret (illustrator)

1786 - chez l'Auteur and M. Ponce, Paris - First quarto edition
Containing twenty four engraved plates, engraved title page and twenty eight engraved plates of descriptive text in French taken from a larger work on Confucius (Pensées morales de Confucius 1782) by Pierre-Charles Levesque (who is referred to by Helman as Mr.l’Eveque)

Engraved by Helman [1743-1806] and drawn by Jean-Denis Attiret [1702-68], official painter to the workshop at Peking, copied from a set of Chinese miniatures which were sent by the Jesuit missionary Jean-Joseph-Pierre Amiot [1718-93] in Peking to Berlin, who was Louis XIV’s Minister of Art and the one in charge of France’s relations with China. The engravings illustrate the life and deeds of Confucius.’ 
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The Handbook of Sarawak. Comprising historical, statistical and general information concerning the Colony obtained from official and other reliable sources and compiled - B. A. St. J. Hepburn

1949 - Printed for the Government of Sarawak, Singapore - First Edition
Produced shortly becoming a British Crown Colony, after the cessation of the Brooke dynastic administration, this is a detailed and profusely illustrated work, with photographic plates combined with many fascinating pages of local advertisements. To the rear there is a large [75 x 71 cm] folding map of Sarawak [Sarawak Series 7, First Edition, Nov. 1949]. 
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