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The Coastwise Lights of China - T. Roger Banister

1932 - Inspectorate General of Customs, Shanghai - First Edition
A detailed history of the Chinese Maritime Customs Lights Service, and the light houses and light ships they constructed from the 1860’s until 1932, illustrated with over 100 full page photographic plates and seven maps outlined in colour. 
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India and Tiger Hunting. Vol.I. - Tiger-Hunting and Other Adventures. - Julius Barras

1883 - Rastall & Son, London - First Edition
Inscribed by the author to General Macdonald.

Tiger shooting was my principle amusement, and it is an expensive pastime.

‘Despite the expenses, Julius Barras devoted his sporting interest to hunting tiger and panther, and relates numerous shooting experiences in the Deccan and Nagpur hills, near Ahmedabad in Guzerat and the Terai.

A panther savaged Barras, but fortunately for his readers (and himself) he survived.’ - Czech.

A beautiful first edition, which is rare in any condition. The second volume of Barras’ memoirs was published in 1885 as ‘
Series II’, and at the same time volume I was reprinted as ‘Series I’. 
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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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Peking Und Umgebung - Boy-Ed

1907 - Verlag der Brigade-Zeitung, Tientsin
Canvassed backed colour map of Peking, 71 x 80 cm. Text in German and Chinese.

With original title, additional booksellers stamp and contemporary owner’s name to front covers

This map was also used for the photographic work of the same name published in 1906 by the printing office of the German occupation forces. According to Wittockiana very little is known about the author Boy-ed, who was first lieutenant and headed the German detachment of howitzers in Peking during the Boxer rebellion.
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China: Its Costume, Arts, Manufactures, &c. - Jean Baptiste Breton de la Martinière

1813 - J. J. Stockdale, London - Volumes I, III, and IV Fourth Editions, Volume II Fifth Edition
A beautifully bound set of these four little volumes, containing 80 hand-coloured engraved plates with accompanying descriptions, which represent the whole range of Chinese society, including the various trades and arts. Particularly interesting are the numerous depictions of itinerant salesmen and craftsmen with ingenious methods of transporting their stock and machinery.

The plates ‘originated in the activities of Bertin, Secretary of State from 1762-1780, who had responsibility for the Compagnie des Indes and French Jesuits in Peking. He subsidised generously the Jesuits and got two Chinese converts to take science courses in France. On return to China, they produced some 400 drawings of arts and crafts, thus moving outside the usual narrow missionary interests.’
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Japan and China - History, Arts and Literature - F. Brinkley

1910 - J. B. Millet Company, Boston and Tokyo
A complete twelve volume set of this popular illustrated series, which offers a comprehensive overview of Japan and China. Covering a wide range of topics including their history, government, art, religion, trade, commerce, international relations and institutions, together with detailed appendices and indices.

Illustrated with twelve colour frontispieces, large folding colour map of Asia, fifty photographic plates (26 tinted, 34 monochrome) each with tissue guard, and sixteen pages of silver and ceramic marks.

Bound in the original publisher’s decorated cream vellum paper spines over brown paper covered boards, and titles pages decorated in colour.
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Selections from the Popular Poetry of The Hindoos - Thomas Duer Broughton [Editor Translator]

1814 - Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, London - First Edition
A pretty and scarce first edition of the the first published anthology of Hindi Poets. Internally fine and unopened. 
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The Exile - Pearl S. Buck

1936 - John Day / Reynal & Hitchock, New York - First Edition
‘Out of the swift scores of pictures of her that pass through my memory I choose one that is most herself. I take this one. Here she stands in the American garden she has made in the dark heart of a Chinese city on the Yangtse River...’

A lovely copy of Buck’s beautiful but uncommon memoir of her mother, Caroline Stulting Sydenstricker. This ‘portrait of an American mother’ follows Caroline’s ancestors’ arrival in America from Holland, her childhood in West Virginia, and her life in China as the wife of Presbyterian missionary, Absalom Sydenstricker. Deeply critical of her father, and the mission work in China for their treatment of women, Buck also traces the arc of her mother’s disillusionment with religion.
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