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Pictures of the Chinese, Drawn By Themselves - Rev. R. H. Cobbold

1860 - John Murray, London - First Edition
A lovely little work, rather scarce in this condition and original cloth, giving wonderful descriptions of thirty different Chinese figures, mostly tradesmen, profusely illustrated throughout with 36 lithograph plates (including two title pages), 18 black and white full page illustrations and numerous in-text sketches and engravings.

The author, Robert Henry Cobbold (1816-93), was a Cambridge educated priest (and President of the Cambridge University Boat Club), he sailed for Shanghai in 1847 and then on to Ningpo where he became Archdeacon, returning to England in 1857.

Most likely the author’s copy which was inscribed in 1864 to his son Robert Russell who was born in Ningpo.
 
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The China Pilot - together with - Large Folio Atlas of 25 Admiralty Charts - Captain Richard Collinson, Robert Loney

1855 - Published by order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, Printed for the Hydrographic Office - First Edition, Charts as Detailed
The China Pilot contains sailing directions for the East Coast of China from Hong Kong to Shanghai, including the Meiaco-sima, Loochoo, and the islands to the north-east of them. The work was originally drawn up by Captain Collinson, C.B. from surveys of that coast made by himself, Captain Kellett, C.B. and Lieutenants Bate and Gordon, R.N., between the years 1841-5, and the appendix from surveys of Captain F.W. Beechey, Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., Rear Admiral Cecille, and the officers of the French Corvette La Sabine, and the United States Japanese Expedition, 1851-3.

Together with a large finely bound folio atlas containing 25 charts (ten are double page), published between 1840 and 1860. Of which 22 are British Admiralty charts including those of the First Survey of the China Coast by Collinson and Kellett. The remaining three are French Charts.
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A handsomely bound seven volume set of all of Cook’s three voyages. Illustrated with twenty five striking aquatint plates, including frontispieces in each volume, large folding map, and a table.

‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]

On his first voyage, 25 August 1768 to 12 July 1771, Cook circumnavigated New Zealand and for the first time explored the east coast of Australia, of which he took possession for Great Britain; he also sailed through the straits separating New Guinea and Australia. On the second, and historically most important, voyage (13 July 1772 to 30 July 1775) he began by cruising as far south as possible around the edge of the antarctic ice. He again visited New Zealand and, cruising through the Pacific, discovered, or explored again, many of the islands, in particular New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. The third voyage (11 July 1776 to 4 October 1780) was undertaken to find the North-West Passage from Europe to the East. After again visiting Tasmania, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands, Cook sailed on to North America, discovering on the way the Cook Islands and the Hawaiian group. He charted the North American coast from Oregon as far north as the Bering Strait, where ice turned him back. On the way back the great explorer was killed [in 1779] in a fight with natives in Hawaii.
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, with "The Death of Captain Cook" Plate - James Cook, John Hawkesworth, James King

1773 - Strahan, London - Second Edition, First Edition, Second Edition
A complete set of the best possible editions, superbly bound in full tree calf and with the additional ‘Death of Captain Cook’ drawn by the John Weber who witnessed the dispute and ensuing fight. Eight quarto volumes and the elephant folio volume of plates. Magnificently illustrated with two hundred and five engraved charts and plates, many of which are double page or larger.

There is no greater set of travel works, Cook was the first scientific navigator, these three voyages made great contributions to numerous fields of knowledge,, and did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than his predecessors had done together [Hill].

The first voyage is in its second and best edition, complete with the ‘
Directions for placing the cuts’ and the ‘Chart of the Straights of Magellan’, and with the new Preface containing Hawkesworth's virulent eight-page reply to Dalrymple's whining reviews of the first edition, and the whole volume revised by the voyage's astronomer William Wales.

The third voyage is in its second and best edition, with the printing by Hughs (rather than Strahan who printed the first edition) with the text itself entirely re-set. Isaac Smith presenting a set on behalf of Cook's widow in 1821 noted that '
I am desired by Mrs Cook to request your acceptance of the 4 books sent herewith being her Husbands last Voyage round the World, as a mark of her respect the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press' (quoted by Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 85). King George III's copy of the official account, preserved in the British Library, is also an example of this second edition. This particular set with variant title pages, dated correctly, but without edition statement or vignette of Royal Society medal. 
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Journal of an Embassy from the Governor General of India to the Court of Ava - John Crawfurd

1829 - Henry Colburn, London - First Edition
A rare first edition of Crawfurd’s observant and detailed account of his mission to Burma, the distinguished orientalist’s final colonial mission after nearly 30 years in Southeast Asia.

With the large engraved folding ‘
Map of the Burman Dominions and Adjacent Countries’ (60x76cm), by John Walker (1787-1873).

Crawfurd was appointed British Resident at Ava in the wake of the First Anglo-Burmese War, and resided at the Burmese Capital from 1826 to 1827. Here he gives a fascinating narrative of his 400 mile journey up the Irrawaddy by paddle-steamer, of his reception at the capital, the weeks of negotiations over a commercial treaty and the terms of the Yandabo Treaty, and various excursions made. He then goes on to describe their departure and adds general chapters on Burmese society, religion, trade and history. The expedition fortuitously was delayed on the return journey for repairs giving time for Crawfurd to collect significant fossils and 18,000 botanical specimens.

Illustrated with five aquatint plates (three of which are hand-coloured), an engraved ‘
Plan of the Fortress and City of Ava’, six in-text woodblock illustrations and five lithographed plates of fossils to the rear. 
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Sport on the Nilgiris and in Wynaad - F. W. F. Fletcher

1911 - Macmillan &, London - First Edition
‘Fletcher introduces both the terrain and the history of the Nilgiris and Wynaad regions in India, then provides big game chapters on a species-by-species basis. Each of these chapters features not only the natural history of the animals, but also the author's experiences hunting them. Included are chapters devoted to elephant, tiger, leopards, bison, beer, tahr, ibex, sambur, and other deer species.

Fletcher switched from a .450 rifle to a .600 Jeffery: “
In cold blood the recoil from his rifle is somewhat severe; but in the excitement of shooting it is not noticeable.”’ - Czech.

Illustrated with 18 plates, and folding coloured map as frontispiece.
 
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Flashman and the Dragon - George MacDonald Fraser

1985 - Collins Harvill, London - First Edition
It is 1860, and while China seethes through the bloodiest civil war in history and the British and French armies of Lord Elgin hack their way to the heart of the Forbidden City, Flash Harry hoodwinks them all.

Fresh from the Indian Mutiny, Flash Harry, self-confessed coward, womanizer, and scoundrel, finds himself landed in "Manchoo" China torn by the Taiping Rebellion. The redoubtable Flashy scrapes through many dangerous and disagreeable situations in this chaotic setting.

Emerging as usual unscathed, with public (if not private) honour intact, Sir Harry recounts his memories of the Summer Palace and the Yi Concubine (later Empress Tzu-hsi). He winds up witnessing Elgin's destruction of Peking's Summer Palace, an act of vengeance described with horrifying vividness.
 
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The Shop Signs of Peking - H. K. Fung

1931 - Issued by the Chinese Painting Association of Peking, China - First Edition limited to 100 Copies
A beautifully hand coloured book showing the signs used by Chinese shopkeepers to advertise their trade, with 101 hand-coloured illustrations of shop signs each accompanied by the Chinese and English description, together with a forward in English by H. K. Fung. 
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