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The Naturalist in Manchuria - Arthur de Carle Sowerby

1922 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition
A remarkably clean set in original illustrated cloth, profusely illustrated with three tipped-in colour plates, three folding maps, 127 black and white photographic illustrations on 79 plates, 38 black and white sketches on 9 plates, a folding black & white line drawing, and numerous in-text sketches and diagrams.

China-born Arthur Sowerby began his career as a naturalist by collecting specimens for the Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, he was appointed to the staff of the Anglo-Chinese College at Tientsin as lecturer and curator of its Natural History Museum. In 1908, he joined American millionaire Robert Sterling Clark on an expedition into Shansi and Kansu provinces of north China for the Smithsonian Institute. This began a long association with Clark, who financed four expeditions into Manchuria from 1913 to 1915, during which Sowerby gathered new facts and made original observations on ‘
every type of country-wide and fertile plains, heavy coniferous forests, or lighter woods of deciduous trees, low, grassy hills, or high, rocky peaks, reeking swamps, the valleys of great rolling rivers, or lesser stream-cut ravines’.

Five volumes bound in three, titled:
Travel and Exploration; Mammals; Birds; The cold-blooded Vertebrates and Tunicates of the Manchurian Region; and The Invertebrates and Flora of the Manchurian Region.

 
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Trout in New Zealand: Where to Go and How to Catch Them - AUTHOR’S COPY - W.H. Spackman

1892 - George Disbury, Wellington - First Edition
Spackman’s own copy of the first edition, and the first published work by a New Zealander on New Zealand trout fishing, with his underlinings and annotations to the first chapter, possibly preparing for an extract to be published on Salmon in New Zealand, as he has crossed out trout Fishing in New Zealand, and inserted Acclimatization of Trout Salmonidae in New Zealand.

This work also also details for the first time the major fishing waters of the South Island, describing the Mataura River as ‘
the best fly-fishing river in Otago or Southland’.

With the large folding map
New Zealand Shewing Trout Streams [49 x 74 cm] which is usually missing, as well as two full page plates of Otago Trout from different Rivers, and a colour folding plan of the Acclimatisation Ponds at Masterton.

William Henry Spackman was a Barrister, as well as President of the Canterbury Angler’s Society, and Counsel to the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was the joint owner of a fishing hut at Selwyn Huts, by the Selwyn River near Christchurch.
 
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An Authentic Account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China - Sir George Staunton, Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower

1797 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G, London - First Edition
A clean and exquisitely bound set of this cornerstone of China related travel literature, together with the magnificent Elephant Folio Atlas showing forty-four engraved maps and plates (mainly after Alexander), of which two are folding and six are double-page.

‘An account of the first British embassy to China, under Lord Macartney. Great Britain was anxious to establish formal diplomatic relations with China and thus open the way for unimpeded trade relations, but centuries of Chinese reserve and self-sufficiency presented a formidable obstacle to the embassy, and the Chinese emperor effectually resisted Lord Macartney’s arguments and gifts. The visit of the British embassy nonetheless resulted in this remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs at the close of the eighteenth century’ -
The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. 
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The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon - Signed & Inscribed - Au-Young Sum Nung

1938 - March & Greenwood, New York - Number 73 of 350 numbered copies
Inscribed ‘With the best wishes of the author’ and signed in both English and Chinese.

A rare copy of Au-Young’s poem, with an introductory note. The front title page illustrated in silver, the remaining leaves lettered in red, all housed in yellow-gold silk covers bound in the traditional Chinese stitched accordion style.

Au-Young (1893-1942) was a Chinese diplomat, poet, and philosopher, educated in China, and then George Washington University and Columbia. After graduating he moved to Shanghai to practice law and then enter the diplomatic service, after which he emigrated to the U. S. founding the School of Chinese Philosophy and Cultural Studies in New York City.

In 1918 George Washington University’s magazine
Cherry Tree wrote that ‘Sum Nung Au-Young is one of our illustrious students from the Far East who has absorbed all the knowledge in the Political Science Courses and is going back to China to run the country.’

The book is dedicated to Ruth St. Denis ‘
Symbol of Rhythm and Grace’, famous American dancer and choreographer, who followed various Oriental doctrines and founded the ‘Society of Spiritual Arts’. In 1934 she began an affair with the young Au-Young who taught her the rudiments of Taoism.
 
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The Rolling Pearl - Signed & Inscribed - Au-Young Sum Nung, Edwin Markham

1930 - March & Greenwood, New York - First and Limited Edition
Inscribed ‘With the best wishes of the author’ and signed in both English and Chinese.

A rare collection of Au-Young’s poems, with an introductory note by the American poet Edwin Markham. With a portrait frontispiece and housed in the delicate silver coated dust jacket. One of a limited number printed.

In the delicate silver coated dust jacket.

With a typed letter to Miss N. Margaret Campbell, of the New York advertising agency Alley Richards & Co., about making a sound film in Chinese, dated February 26, 1941 and signed by Au-Young. Also several other loose typed papers.
 
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The Battles Between Japan and China [Nisshin Senso Emaki] - Volume VII : The Yellow Sea [Koukai no Maki] - Kason [Kwasson] Suzuni [Suzuki], Soutarou Suzuki (editor)

1895 - Shun-Yo-Do, No.5
A near fine scarce copy. Volume VII of a fifteen volume set issued serially as The Battles Between Japan and China [Nisshin Senso Emaki].

Ten sections, dramatically illustrated in colour from woodblock with twelve single page plates, and three double page plates, in Japanese style publisher’s original colour illustrated wraps.

With a summary in English (3 pages), and text in Japanese (13 pages), followed by the illustrations.

The series was published from January 1895 to June 1896, illustrated by Kason Suzuki and Reisei Chizuka, edited by Soutarou Suzuki, and published by Shunyodo Atsutaro Wada.
 
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The Hatha-Yoga Pradipika of Swatmaram Swami. Published with the original text and its commentary - Svatmaram, Shrinivas Iyangar (translator)

1893 - Tookaram Tatya for the Theosophical Publication Fund, Bombay - First Edition in English
The first English translation, published with the original Sanskrit text and its commentary.

The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā (or Light on Hatha Yoga) is a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svāmi Svātmārāma, who connects the teaching's lineage to Matsyendranath of the Nathas. It is among the most influential surviving texts on hatha yoga, and is one of three classic texts on hatha yoga, alongside the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.
 
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An Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava - Michael Symes

1800 - W. Bulmer and Co., London - First Edition, Large Paper Copy
A stunning and rare large paper copy of ‘the first full account of Burma to be published’, finely illustrated with two folding engraved maps, eighteen engraved plates, and eight engraved botanical plates (four of which are folding). In contemporary full polished calf armourial binding of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 2nd Baronet, and once housed in the Hoare Library at Stourhead.

Michael Symes was sent by Sir John Shore, governor-general of India, on a mission to Ava in Burma, to obtain from the emperor of Ava a permit to allow a British agent to reside at Rangoon, and to induce him to close his borders to French shipping. In diplomatic terms Symes’ mission was a success.

His detailed account, is highly interesting with keen observations and insight. ‘It is a mass of information on the history, religion, government, social systems, language, geography and economy of Burma, together with a narrative of Symes’ seven months stay in Burma, his journey to the capital and reception at court.’
 
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