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1925 - The Rangoon Times Press, Burma - First Edition
An extremely rare and wonderfully illustrated collection of forty-five ‘Rhymes’ and songs, a clever and cheeky presentation of expatriate life in early 20th century Burma, by Rodway Swinhoe (1863-1927), a Rangoon based Barrister.

Ranging from ‘
The Song of the Upper Burma Club’ (relating the unfortunate removal of the ‘Club’ from the King’s Palace in which it was founded) to ‘On the Roads of Mandalay’ (dedicated to the opening of the Mandalay Tramway System in 1904), ‘The Kuchparwanay House’ to ‘The Making of Rangoon’.

Creatively Illustrated throughout by Burma’s most prominent cartoonist of the time, Martin Jones’ with assistance from Winifred Edge. In the publisher’s original illustrated cloth covers.
 
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An Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava - Michael Symes

1800 - W. Bulmer and Co., London - First Edition
‘The first full account of Burma to be published and it contains a mass of information on the history, religion, government, social systems, language, geography and economy of Burma, together with a narrative of Symes’ seven months stay in Burma, his journey to the capital and reception at court.’

A handsome first edition, finely illustrated with two folding engraved maps, eighteen engraved plates, and eight engraved botanical plates (four of which are folding).

Michael Symes was sent by Sir John Shore, Governor-General of India, to obtain from the Emperor of Ava a permit to allow a British agent to reside at Rangoon, and to induce him to close his borders to French shipping. In diplomatic terms Symes’ mission was a success.

‘Symes was accompanied by Dr. Francis Buchanan and his
Account contains eight botanical plates and descriptions of ‘the most rare and curious’ plants he collected. Other illustrations are taken from drawings by the Indian artist Singey Bey who accompanied the mission and whose accurate representational style attracted some attention at the Burmese court.’ 
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The Red Pavilion - Robert H. Van Gulik

1964 - Heinemann, London - First English edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1961)
The tenth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fourteenth tale, being set in China 670 AD. Written in Kuala Lumpur whilst Van Gulik was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya

With six illustrations from woodblock prints, and a
Sketch Map of Paradise Island, in Chinese style by Van Gulik. 
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The Red Pavilion - Inscribed - Robert H. Van Gulik

1961 - Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur - First Edition
A bright sharp copy of this rare first edition, with hand-written dedication by Van Gulik, dated February 1962.

One of three Judge Dee titles first published in Kuala Lumpur, whilst Van Gulik was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya. The tenth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fourteenth tale, being set in China 670 AD.

With six illustrations from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated with a
Sketch Map of Paradise Island, in Chinese style by Van Gulik. 
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The Haunted Monastery - Robert H. Van Gulik

1961 - Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur - First Edition (the first English edition was published by Heinemann, London 1963).
True first edition, in superior condition, of the seventh book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically eighth tale, being set in China 677 AD. Written by Van Gulik in Beirut between November 22,1958 and the middle of January 1959, before he was posted to Kuala Lumpur as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya.

With eight illustrations and one plan from woodblock prints by Van Gulik in Chinese style, and endpapers illustrated with a
Sketch Map of the Monastery.

‘Judge Dee and his entourage, seeking refuge from a mountain storm, become trapped in a Taoist monastery, where the Abbott Jade mysteriously dies after delivering an ecstatic sermon. The monks call it a supernatural experience, but the judge calls it murder’
 
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New Year's Eve in Lan-fang - Robert H. Van Gulik

1958 - By the Author, Printed by &ldquo - One of only 200 printed
An exceptional fine uncut and unopened example of the rarest Van Gulik Judge Dee titles, with fine provenance, being inscribed to the great German sinologist Dr. Wolfgang Franke and signed ‘R. H. van Gulik, Beirut, May ‘59’.

‘One of these beautifully printed booklets happened to come my way, finding my hand on an Amsterdam street stall. It numbers 32 pages and is called
New Year’s Eve in Lan-fang. Printed in Beirut, on high quality paper, with perfect binding and an elegant lettertype, it may have been created by a monk, moonlighting in the ‘Imprimerie catholique.’ The illustrations were drawn by van Gulik himself–consisting of two stylized Chinese characters (each in one unbroken line), the one [on the title page] meaning Fu (to be happy) and the one [on last page of the story] saying Shou (long life). Together the two symbols form the traditional Chinese wish for a Happy New Year.’ - from the final page of Janwillem van de Wetering’s ‘Robert van Gulik. His Life, His Work’.

This rare, small (17.5 x 11 cm), thirty two page booklet, was produced by Van Gulik and sent out as a New Year’s greeting for 1959, whilst posted as Dutch envoy to Syria and Lebanon. In addition to the two red Chinese characters referred to by van Wetering, there is a full page frontispiece from a woodblock print by Van Gulik.
 
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The Lacquer Screen. A Chinese Detective Story - Robert H. Van Gulik

1964 - Heinemann, London - First English edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1962)
A superior first edition of the ninth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fifth tale, being set in China 664 AD. First published in Kuala Lumpur in 1962, whilst Van Gulik was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya

With ten illustrations from woodblock prints by Van Gulik, and endpapers illustrated in red showing a Chinese screen of four panels,
Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

With review slip laid in from the publisher.
 
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The Monkey and the Tiger. Two Chinese Detective Stories - Robert H. Van Gulik

1965 - Heinemann, London - First Edition
A superior first edition of the eleventh book in the Judge Dee series, containing two stories The Morning of the Monkey and The Night of the Tiger chronologically seventh and twenty second tale, being set in China 666 and 676 AD respectively.

With eight illustrations and a
Sketchmap of the Flooded Area from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated with The Chinese Zodiac, in Chinese style by Van Gulik.

With review slip laid in from the publisher.
 
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Price HK$ 1,800



 
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