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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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Up the Yang-Tse. (Reprinted from the 'China Review.') With Sketch Maps - E. H. Parker

1891 - Printed at the 'China Mail' Office, Hong Kong - First Edition
A rare first edition of this detailed and descriptive account of a journey taken by sinologist, diplomat and barrister Edward Harper Parker. His observant narrative ranges from opium, trafficking of women, infanticide, and bribery to the silk trade, farming, local customs and beliefs.

Illustrated with eight sketch maps (six of which are folding).
 
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The Great Plateau - Captain C. G. Rawling

1905 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
First Edition of Rawling’s important account of his unofficial and official surveys through Tibet, illustrated with 57 photographs (on 32 plates) and two folding maps.

‘In 1903 Rawling explored the Zoji La, Leh, Chang Chemmo, Lanak La with Hargreaves and Ram Singh. Then he explored and surveyed, with C. H. D. Ryder, from Lhasa to Simla by the valley of the Brahmaputra and Lake Manasaro-war, as a detachment of the Younghusband Tibet Mission in 1904’.

In addition to taking part in a survey that established Everest as the highest mountain in the world, Rawling would have also been the first man to attempt a climb of the North Face of Everest if his senior officers had allowed!
 
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RESERVED - Comprehensive Geography of the Chinese Empire - L. Richard, M. Kennelly

1908 - T'Usewei Press, Shanghai - First Edition
A fascinating reference for anyone interested in China. Not purely geographical, this work is, as stated ‘comprehensive’ in it’s coverage of each region, it’s towns, cities, lakes and other geographical features as well as chapters on agriculture, trade and commerce, mining, history and political geography.

Illustrated with maps in text, and four individual coloured maps tucked into green bands at the front and back of the book. Maps are
Large Map of the 18 Provinces (sheet size 76.4x64.5cm); Physical and Political Map of China and Dependencies (36x42.1cm); The Great Hupeh Plain (33.1x24.5cm); and The Lower Yangtze Region (33.1x24cm). 
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Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat - Edmund Roberts

1837 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition
Important account of an early American embassy to the east. Roberts was appointed as special agent of the United States to negotiate treaties with Muscat, Siam, Cochin China and Japan, which he set out to do in 1832 with the ship Peacock and the schooner Boxer.

Includes about 120 pages describing the culture and business practices of China.

In publisher’s original cloth, and paper label to spine.
 
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