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Anil’s Ghost – with – There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do - Poems 1963-1978 - Michael Ondaatje

2000 - Bloomsbury, London - First Editions
Two first editions from award winning Sri Lankan author and poet Ondaatje.

The impressive, powerful and fascinating novel,
Anil’s Ghost, set during Sri Lanka’s gruesome civil war of the 1980s. It tells the story of Anil, a Sri Lankan forensic pathologist who returns home after 15 years, commissioned to investigate a series of atrocities.

Together with an early collection of Ondaatje’s poems,
There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do, which blends the surreal with the everyday, creating a style of poetry that ‘relies on a hushed approach’, according to Charles Molesworth in his New York Times review. 
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The Chater Collection - James Orange

1924 - Thornton Butterworth Limited, London - Limited Edition, number 300 of 750 copies
First edition, comprehensively documenting this unsurpassed collection of 430 China trade paintings and engravings, including the historical context relating to each work. Written and compiled by James Orange, curator of the collection prior to it’s tragic destruction and dispersal during the Japanese occupation (1941-5), the remaining 94 pieces are now housed in Hong Kong’s City Hall Museum and Art Gallery (formerly the Hong Kong Museum of Art).

Illustrated with eighteen colour plates, 242 monochrome images, three folding colour maps, six monochrome maps, and a photogravure portrait frontispiece of Sir C. P. Chater.

Sir Catchick Paul Chater amassed a large collection of historical pictures and engravings relating to China which he gifted to the people of Hong Kong. Its backbone was the collection of Wyndham Law of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and included oil paintings, water colours, sketches, prints and photographs, most of which are based on landscape scenes of the South China trading ports in the 18th and 19th centuries, and of British activities in China.
 
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If I Die in A Combat Zone, Box Me Up & Ship Me Home - Tim O’Brien

1973 - Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition
Signed and inscribed by O’Brien to author Hilma Wolitzer on the half-title.

To Hilma, Whose wit and intelligence, not to mention sex appeal, continues to inspire / Tim.”

A unique and fine first edition. Tim O’Brien was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam on April 5, 1969, to serve with the Third Platoon, Company A, Fifth Battalion, Forty-Sixth Infantry Division.

‘O'Brien's autobiographical account of his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. His first book and a classic on the Vietnam War’, in which he ‘brilliantly and quietly evokes the foot soldier's daily life in the paddies and foxholes, evokes a blind, blundering war... Tim O'Brien writes with the care and eloquence of someone for whom communication is still a vital possibility... A personal document of aching clarity... A beautiful, painful book.’ -
The New York Times Book Review. 
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Russko-Kitaiskii Slovar [Russian-Chinese Dictionary] - Pavel Stepanovich Popov [Popoff]

1900 - San-Kio-Sha, Tokyo - Second Edition, Second Printing
First published in Russia 1879 and now an extreme rarity; this is a Japanese printing of Popov’s corrected and enlarged second edition published in Peking 1896, the Introduction to which is reprinted here.

Pavel Popov (Popoff) (1842-1913) was the Russian Consul-General in Peking and Correspondent of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. In addition to this dictionary, he published numerous tracts on Chinese affairs, and completed Palladii Kafarov’s unfinished Chinese-Russian Dictionary published in Peking in 1888 (although credited as editor, both Popov and Palladius (aka Palladii or Pyotr Kafarov), each dedicated eight years of their lives to the dictionary).
 
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RESERVED - Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio - Sung-ling P’u, Herbert A. Giles [translator]

1880 - Thos. De la Rue & Co., London - First Edition
Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, these two volumes contain the first English translation of 164 supernatural-themed tales selected from ancient Chinese folk stories by Songling Pu [the Laio-Chai Chi-i of P'u Sung-Ling] in the 17th century, superbly translated and annotated by the celebrated Sinologist, Herbert A. Giles, professor of Chinese at Cambridge as well as British Consul at Ningpo.

No such title as ‘
Tales of the Genii’ fully expresses the scope of this work, which embraces alike weird stories of Taoist devilry and magic, marvellous accounts of impossible countries beyond the sea, simple scenes of Chinese everyday life, and notices of extraordinary natural phenomena. 
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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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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.
 
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