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A Naturalist in Western China - Ernest Henry Wilson

1913 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Ernest Henry Wilson (1876–1930) was introduced to China in 1899 when, as a promising young botanist, he was sent there by horticulturalist Henry Veitch (1840–1924) to collect the seed of the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrata, for propagation in Britain. Subsequent trips saw Wilson bringing back hundreds of seed samples and plant collections, introducing many Chinese plants to Europe and North America.

Although much of the text is concerned with plant life, Wilson also gives a great deal of attention to the wider landscape around him. In addition, Wilson took a camera, and these volumes contain photographs of parts of China rarely seen by Europeans in the early twentieth century. In Volume 1 he discusses his journey through China and in Volume 2 describes the Chinese use of plants in medicine and agriculture.’ -
Cambridge University Press.

A superb two volume set of the first edition, profusely illustrated throughout, with 101 black and white plates, mostly form photographs, and a large folding map in volume II after page 210.
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Price HK$ 6,500

Famous Racing Men, with Anecdotes and Portraits - with - Tales of the Turf and the Chase - “Thormanby”

1882 - James Hogg, London - First Editions
Two books bound into one, amusing encounters with the great characters of equestrian England in the 1800's.

With portraits and illustrations by Randolph Caldecott. Fabulous ad to rear with a sketch of a London Banker.

Includes the anecdote
Half an Hour with a Sporting Prophet 
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Price HK$ 1,800

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