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On a Chinese Screen - William Somerset Maugham

1922 - William Heinemann, London - First English Edition
A near fine copy in a bright clean and unrestored example of the scarce dust jacket.

Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Always more interested in people than places, he noted down acute and finely crafted sketches of those he met on countless scraps of paper. In the resulting collection we encounter Western missionaries, army officers and company managers who are culturally out of their depth in the immensity of the Chinese civilisation. Maugham keenly observes, and gently ridicules, their dogged and oblivious persistence with the life they know (from the introduction to the
Penguin Vintage Edition). In total 58 sketches. 
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Illustrated Catalogue of the “Maze Collection” of Chinese Junk Models in the Science Museum, London, 1938 - Sir Frederick Maze

1939 - Science Museum, London [printed Shanghai] - First and only edition
A rare work detailing the unique collection of ten large-scale models of Chinese junks, presented to the Science Museum, London, by Sir Frederick Maze, inspector-general of Chinese customs in 1938. The models were built in Hong-Kong or Shanghai by Chinese craftsmen, under the supervision of George C.L. Worcester and are accurate replicas of these sailing craft in every detail, down to the shrines and household gods. They include examples with the magical eye on the prow.

Illustrated with 18 large photographic plates, detailing the ten junks of the collection and the Fukien Sea-Going Junk model donated to the Musée de la Marine in Paris.

This copy comes with three additional loose original photographs, property of the Science Museum, titled in pencil on the back: ‘
Chinese Lorcha’ (see ‘Lorcha’ plate), ‘Chinese Fish Carrying Boat from Ming Po, Broadside’ and ‘Hylain junk from China Draught and sail plan’ (see ’Model of Hainan Sea-going Junk’ plate and appendix 6). The work is missing the plate of the ‘South-China Sea-Going Junk’,

A presentation copy ‘
With the compliments of Sir Frederick Maze, Inspector General of Chinese Maritime Customs and Administrator of the Chinese Lighthouse Department. 1929-1943.’ We believe copies of this work were printed in a small number for Sir Frederick Maze, and the only other copy we have seen includes the same compliments slip. 
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The Indian Alps and How We Crossed Them - Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli

1876 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A handsome volume of this enduring work on mountaineering, the enthusiastic and irrepressible narrative of Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli who, together with her Army chaplain husband, Francis, and their friend ‘C’ (the District Officer) traversed the Nepal-Sikkim frontier along the Singalila Ridge – they almost reached the Tibetan border before a blizzard forced them to turn back.

Despite their retreat, Mrs Mazuchelli was the first English woman to travel so far into the eastern Himalayas.

Profusely illustrated with 10 full page chromolithographic plates and numerous in-text drawings and sketches by the author, together with a folding map of Sikkim, the travelling party’s route marked in colour.
 
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Shanghai Paper Hunt Club - A Short Resume of the Season 1929-1930. - Major E. H. McMichael

1930 - North-China Daily News & Herald Ltd., Shanghai - First and Only Edition
An extremely rare and fine little one-off production, only printed for this particular season. As explained in the foreword ‘For certain reasons it was deemed undesirable to publish the accounts of the past Season’s Hunts in the daily press, but in order that a complete record of the sport during 1929-30 might be preserved for future reference, the Stewards considered that it would be much appreciated, both by members and friends, if some account of the Hunts held could be published in pamphlet form.’ Why it was ‘deemed undesirable’ they do not explain.

A fine copy illustrated with 20 photographs and two sketches. The resume covers nine Paper Hunts and three Handicap races from November 24th, 1929 to February 23rd, 1930. With a list of events for the Shanghai Hounds’ Drag Hunts Season of 1929-30 to the rear.
 
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The Foreigner In Far Cathay - Walter Henry Medhurst

1873 - Scribner, New York - First American Edition [First Published London 1872]
A bright copy of Medhurst’s work whose ‘aim is simply to enlighten the home public as to the actual circumstances in which residents in that remote region find themselves’, it also includes chapters on foreigners on China, consuls and customs authorities, and missionaries. With a folding colour map of China.

The author Sir Walter Henry Medhurst (1822-85), son of the Chinese missionary Walter Henry Medhurst (1796-1857), reached China in 1839. Having been brought up in the Far East he spoke fluent Chinese, Dutch and Malay. Medhurst was first employed by Capt. Elliot in the Chinese secretary's office and then was with Sir Henry Pottinger’s staff in Hong Kong, and was present at the taking of Amoy and Chusan in 1840 during the First Opium War. By 1843 he was serving as interpreter at the Shanghai Consulate, and in the following years, he held a number of important consular positions in Chinese treaty ports such as Fuzhou, Shanghai (as H.M. Consul), Hangzhou and Hankou. Thus he served in China and the Treaty Ports during the most turbulent years of British presence there. This is his sole general account of China.
 
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Old Burma - Eight Works on Burma in Four Volumes - U Myo Min, Taw Sein Ko, Ma (Daw) Mya Sein, F. Haskings, U Tun Pe, et al.

1938 to 1949 - Various, Various - Various
Eight works on Burma bound into four charming volumes for Charles Booth, British diplomat who served in Burma three times between 1950 and 1978.

A compilation of memoir, history, and tourist guides to Burma, these books are profusely illustrated with maps, photographic plates, and illustrations, and will provide wonderful material for armchair travellers, and nostalgia to those who have already visited Burma.
 
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Translations from the Chinese and Armenian, with Notes and Illustrations. Consisting of:- History of the Pirates who Infested the China Sea, from 1807 to 1810; The Catechism of The Shamans; and Vahram’s Chronicle. - Charles Fried (Karl Friedrich) Neumann. [Yuen Yung Lun]

1831 - The Oriental Translation Fund, London - First Edition
A collective issue of three works bound into one volume, with frontispiece of Chinese Characters.

History of the Pirates -A translation of the Jinghai fenji by Yuan Yonglun. Piracy on the coast of China in the nineteenth century inflicted chaos and serious economic damage, with large mobs of bandits attacking coastal villages as well as wreaking havoc at sea. Yung-lun Yüan's account of this period, published in Chinese in 1830 and in English in 1831, is a colourful depiction of the pirate scourge. Interwoven with the narratives of the pirates themselves as well as those of the courageous civilians who resisted them, the text describes the organisation and rules of the pirates as well as the authorities' attempts to broker peace. It is very much an unofficial history, the Chinese original appeared in Canton in November of the previous year. Neumann adds a querulous if learned preface, in which his aim seems to be to convince us of the ‘want of inquiry, and the childish remarks of unenlightened and uncultivated minds’ displayed by the modern Chinese regarding foreign nations. Appended is Richard Glasspoole's Narrative of My Captivity and Treatment Amongst the Ladrones.

The Catechism of The Shamans or the Laws and Regulations of the Priesthood of Buddha in China - The translation of a Ming period Buddhist work Shami luyi yaolue, by Zhu Hong (Choo-hung) dealing with the discipline of novices. (Shaman here is from a Chinese word for a Buddhist priest, unconnected with shamanism).

Vahram's Chronicle of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia during the time of the Crusades,
to which is appended Letters between Pope Innocent III. and Leon the First Armenian King of Cilicia. and a Chronology of the Armenian Barons and Kings of Cilicia. 
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The Evolution of Chinese Writing, the Inaugural Lecture of the Michaelmas Term of the School of Chinese - G. Owen

1910 - Horace Hart, Oxford - First Edition
Rare and fine example of this title which contains Owen’s lecture delivered October 4th, 1910, whilst Professor of Chinese at King's College, London.

George Owen (1843-1914) spent thirty-seven years as a British missionary of the London Missionary Society in Shanghai and Beijing, he was a leading figure in the translation of the New Testament into Mandarin in the Union Version, and from 1908 to 1914 was Professor of Chinese at King’s college, London.
 
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