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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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SOLD - The Land of the Dragon - William Spencer Percival

1889 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition
A scarce and bright first edition of Spencer Percival’s part travel diary, part anthropological study. Percival, a British civil servant stationed in Shanghai, not only describes boat trips through the Yangtze Gorge, but also his thoughts on a variety of topics, with a chapter on Opium, it is also one of the few books to cover wildfowl shooting in China.

With a wood-engraved frontispiece of ‘
The Bund, Shanghai’, illustrated title page, and a folding colour map of the Upper Yangtze to rear.

Czech in ‘
Asian Big Game Hunting Books’ notes - ‘Primarily valuable for its descriptions of the countryside bordering the Yangtze River, this work also includes the author’s bird shooting trips in the region. Of big game interest is his encounter with wild boar in the Wu-chow-Shan Hills.’ 
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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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Map of China. The 18 Provinces (Shipah-Shêng) - L. Richard, M. Kennelly

1908 - T’usewei Press, Shanghai
A highly detailed, clean and fresh, large colour map of China [75 x 66 cm]. Transliterated by M. Kennelly S. J. Sicawei College.

Highlighting borders, The Great Wall, Capitals of Provinces, Railways, Prefectures, T’ing’s (independent and dependent), Chow’s (independent and dependent), Sub-prefectures or Hsiens, and
Important Places. Varying colour shading for altitudes, as well as sea depth.

This map may have been sold individually, or is one of the maps contained in the rear pocket of Richard’s
Comprehensive Geography of the Chinese Empire also published by the T’usewei Press in 1908. 
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Price HK$ 1,000



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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Mountain Monarchs : Wild Sheep & Goats of the Himalayas - George B. Schaller

1977 - University of Chicago Press, Chicago - First Edition
The first detailed behavioural study of mountain ungulates in a little studied region - the Himalaya. Illustrated. Unusual in this fine condition.

In 1968, the intrepid George Schaller began a three year study in the vast mountainous and forested regions of Central and Southern Asia, focusing his research on six species of wild sheep and goat – Punjab urial, Persian wild goat, markhor, Himalayan tahr, Nilgiri tahr, and bharal, or blue sheep. The result was this book: the first illustrated and detailed behavioural study of mountain ungulates in the Himalayas.
 
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Maskee - A Shanghai Sketchbook by Schiff - Signed - Friedrich Schiff

1938 CircaShanghai - Number A191 of an unspecified Limited Edition
Fabulously Shanghai Art-Deco 15 foot long accordion folio in original silk covers, folding out to show 21 illustrated panels each hand-coloured by Schiff. Each panel depicting a view of 1930’s expatriate life in Shanghai through the unique eyes of Schiff. More a folio of art-deco artwork than a book, although many of the panels include amusing comments and rhymes for example:

Miss Shanghai
Me No Worry– Me No Care!
Me Go Marry Millionaire!
If He Die – Me No Cry!
Me Go Marry Other Guy!!

Signed to the first panel by Friedrich Schiff (1908-68), an Austrian Jewish artist who moved to Shanghai in 1930 after an invite to visit from a cousin and lived there for 17 years. He had worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Vienna and continued this line of work in Shanghai, soon becoming famous for his amusing caricatures of the city's inhabitants. Prolific, Schiff’s cartoons appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East, and collaborations with Ellen Thorbecke (
Peking Studies; People in China; Hong Kong; and Shanghai). 
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Price HK$ 22,000



In the Australian Bush - Richard Semon

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition in English
German zoologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Semon’s account of his two year expedition to Australia, his purpose to study the country’s fauna, in particular mammals, marsupials, and lungfish. Most of Semon’s observations were made in the Burnett district in northern Queensland, though he also includes chapters on his travels through Brisbane, Cape York, Thursday Island and Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Java, together with an account of the customs, ceremonies, clothing, weapons, medicine, and decorative arts of tribes of Australian Aborigines in northern Queensland.

Profusely illustrated with more than 80 full page and in-text illustrations, many reproduced from the author’s photographs, and four folding colour maps.
 
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Price HK$ 2,000



 
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