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A Short Account of the remarkable clock made by James Cox in the Year 1766 by Order of the East India Company for the Emperor of China - William Meyrick

1868 - Printed by Wertheimer, London - One of three known copies.
One of only three copies believed to have been printed, Illustrated with a full page engraving of the clock, and four engraved in-text vignettes.

James Cox, a most prolific clock and watchmaker of the late seventeenth century was commissioned by the East India Company in 1766 to produce a pair of elaborate clockwork automata as a gift for the Qianlong Emperor (1711-99). This is the rare privately published account of one of the pair, which is now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the second piece has never been found.

Each clock was made of gold in the form of a chariot embellished with rubies and diamonds (dimensions of the remaining clock at the Met - 26 × 16.2 × 8.3 cm). A woman sits atop the chariot with one arm resting on the clock, the face of which is signed ‘Jas Cox London”. A small bird that flutters rests on the finger of one hand; in the other is a circular rotating ornamental piece atop a fluted rod. A double umbrella is mounted overhead, surmounted by a jewelled dragon. At the front of a chariot by the feet of the female figure sits a dog made of gold; nearby two small birds (which are attached to springs) pop up and appear to fly away from the chariot. A small figure of a man in Oriental dress supports one end of the chariot as if pushing it.
 
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The Englishman in China during the Victorian Era - Alexander Michie

1900 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
A clean bright original and thus scarce set of this important and detailed work covering the second half of the nineteenth century. With interesting provenance, from the library of Villiers Alwyne Caesar Hawkins, who was with the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong (1882-1907), became director of the Imperial Bank of Persia (1908-193), and was also appointed a director of Hongkong Bank in 1911.

Sir Rutherford Alcock was a British army surgeon and later an accomplished Far Eastern diplomat, Alexander Michie was a successful Scottish trader, firstly with Lindsay & Co., and later as an agent for Jardine Matheson, he edited newspapers, authored several books, and also acted as Chairman of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.

Profusely illustrated with thirty full page black and white plates, three black and white maps, a large colour folding map at the rear of volume II, and a number of vignettes throughout the text.
 
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Sour Sweet - Timothy Mo

1982 - André Deutsch, London - First Edition, in first issue pictorial jacket designed by Leslie Harcourt
Mo’s second novel, awarded the Hawthornden Prize from the Society of Authors, nominated for a Whitbread award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

A story about the Chens, a Chinese family moving from Hong Kong to England who are caught between the Chinese past and the British present, it also explores the clans and conflicts of Soho's Chinatown, where the Chen family arrive and want to succeed as restauranteurs in the 1960s. The story was adapted for film in 1989 with a screenplay written by novelist Ian McEwan.
 
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Five Months in the Himalaya - A. L. Mumm

1909 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
British explorer Mumm’s account of his 1907 expedition to the Himalayas with T.G. Longstaff. Considered a chief contribution to mountaineering literature, this book records the first ascent of the 23,400 ft. Trisul, as well as their journey through the Bagini Pass, Rishi Valley, Dhauli Valley, Garhwal, Kashmir, Haramukh, Khagan, and Shikara.

Profusely illustrated with 28 full page plates, 4 of which are folding, together with numerous photographs in-text and 2 folding maps at rear, of Garhwal and Kashmir.
 
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Voyage of His Majesty’s Ship Alceste along the Coast of Corea to The Island of Lew Chew (Okinawa) with an account of her subsequent shipwreck. - John M’Leod (McLeod)

1818 - John Murray, London - Second Edition (First published in 1817)
The voyage was undertaken while Lord Amherst’s embassy, which the naval expedition had brought out, was in China on its abortive mission to the imperial court at Beijing. Includes descriptions of the Ryukus (then a Chinese protectorate) and Canton (Guangzhou). McLeod, the ship’s surgeon, wrote his Narrative during his return voyage in 1817 aboard the hired ship Caesar [Lowendahl], after the Alceste struck a submerged reef off the coast of Sumatra.

The second edition, with five hand-coloured aquatint plates (as opposed to the four aquatint plates of the first edition). The illustrations include an engraved portrait of Capt. Murray Maxwell by T. Wageman and five hand-coloured aquatint plates by J. Clarke after Lieut. Dwarris and McLeod depicting
Islanders of Sir James Hall's Group, a Corean Chief and Attendants, a Lewchewan Chief and Attendants, the Garden of the Temple at Lewchew and Fort Maxwell (not in the first edition). 
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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 Silken East, A Record of Life and Travel in Burma - V.C. Scott O'Connor

1904 - Hutchinson & Co., London - First Edition
A superb two volume set of this detailed and magnificently presented work, accompanied by 20 colour and 380 monochrome illustrations, from sixteen paintings by James Raeburn Middleton, four by Mrs. Otway Wheeler Cuffe, and one by the Burmese court artist Saya Chone, the remainder of the black and white illustrations are mostly photographic, many taken by Felice Beato, considered one of the first war photographers and well known for his work in Burma where he had his own studio.

O'Connor ‘held various government appointments in Burma during the 1890s, following the British annexation of Thibaw's kingdom. This was a period of rapid change and O'Connor was fortunate in being able to journey widely and record much that is now lost. In the book he describes life and travel on rivers such as the Chindwin, Irrawaddy and Salween, sketching the towns and peoples he encountered along the way. He also explored the remote southern coastline of Mergui, and parts of the Shan and Palaung Hills.’ (
Kiscadale Publications). 
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Narrative of The Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the Years 1857, ‘58, ‘59. - Laurence Oliphant

1859 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
An excellent set of this important two volume work, scarce in the original publisher’s cloth.

A major eyewitness account of the Second Opium War. Profusely illustrated throughout with twenty superb full page colour lithographic plates, five folding maps, and numerous wood engravings in the text.

Oliphant was secretary to Lord Elgin during his mission to China, and throughout his travels paid close attention to Chinese daily life, the military situation, and its global political ramifications.
 
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