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General View of the Government and Administration of Siam, 1926 -

1926 - Times Press Limited, Bangkok - First Editions
A finely bound collection of these fourteen detailed works on Siam, published in Bangkok. Illustrated throughout with a multitude of photographic plates, maps and diagrams. A fascinating and exhaustive work, detailing all aspects of life in Siam.

The titles included are:-
1. General View of the Government and Administration of Siam.
2. Guide Book to Chief Monuments of Bangkok, Bang Pa-in, Ayudhya and Lopburi, with an Introduction on Siamese History and Religion.
3. Public Health and Philanthropic Institutions in Siam.
4. Education in Siam.
5. Resources.
6. Siam Natural features.
7. The Forests of Siam.
8. The Rice Industry of Siam.
9. Irrigation in Siam.
10. Lac Cultivation and Trade in Siam.
11. Mining in Siam.
12. Aquatic Resources and Fisheries of Siam.
13. Aviation in Siam.
14. Co-operative Movement in Siam.
 
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Nine-and-Twenty Stray Doggerels. From Borneo by a Jongleur -

1929 - Printed for the Author at the Government Printing Office, Kuching [Sarawak] - Private and Only Edition
Jongleur - Itinerant Minstrel

A fine charming and scarce little work, with 29 poems, many related to the tropics and Sarawak. With a mounted black and white photograph of Kuching as frontispiece.

Signed and inscribed '
To B.A.T. with compliments from’ a rather indecipherable ‘Marbill’? 
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A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. - George Anson, Richard Walter

1748 - Printed for the Author, London - First Edition
A finely bound ‘Royal Paper’ copy of this beautifully illustrated work which ‘has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel’ (Hill), and ‘a model of what such literature should be’ (Cox).

Containing forty-two copper-engraved maps, charts, views, and coastal profiles, all but one folding, including views of Brazilian harbours and cities, Acapulco, Tenian, Port St. Julian, Magellan’s Straits, the Bay of Manila, Saipan, Lama, Lantau, Chinese junks, and others, and large folding maps of South America, the Philippines, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as a twelve-page subscriber list, and the two-page instructions to the binder.

England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. Seven ships were lost and of 900 men 600 perished. As usual, scurvy took an appalling toll.

The Spanish fleet sent to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Thus the primary objective of the expedition was not attained. Anson, however, continued taking prizes off the Pacific coast during 1741-42, and in June 1743, near the Philippines, he captured the Spanish galleon
Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga and its treasure of £400,000 sterling, which allowed Anson and the surviving members of his crew to reach England much the richer. 
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Reisen in China von Peking zur Mongolischen Grenze und Rueckkehr nach Europa [Travel in China from Beijing to the Mongolian border and return to Europe]. - Dr. Adolf Bastian

1871 - Hermann Costenoble, Jena - First Edition
A rare work on China, the sixth and last volume in Bastian’s series on Asia ‘Die Voelker des Oestlichen Asien. Studien und Reisen’. Text in German, bound in later blue cloth.

Adolf Bastian was an early pioneer of the concept of the collective unconscious and his writings greatly influenced Carl Jung. Bastian put the focus of his interest on customs and traditions of the natives. He brought the Berlin Anthopological Society into being in 1869 and became director of the newly founded Berlin Museum for Ethnology in 1886.
 
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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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La Montre Chinois. Relations de l Horologie Suisse avec la China - Alfred Chapuis, Gustave Loup

1919 - Attinger Frè, Neuchatel - First Edition
A superb and fine copy, text in French, illustrated with 33 colour and black & white plates, and 245 half-tone illustrations. Included is an introduction on ‘L’Horométrie et le Système cosmologique des Chinois’ by Léopold de Saussure.

A survey of European cosmological instruments and mechanical amusements introduced to the Chinese Imperial Court from the 14th century, and the elaborate Swiss timepieces made for that market in Europe and in China, the first seeming to be by Francois-Louis Stadlin, a Swiss Jesuit in China from 1707-1740. The whole is referenced with texts from the contemporary writings of ambassadors, merchant traders and churchmen; preceded by de Saussure’s essay on ancient Chinese cosmology.

Prominent Swiss makers included Charles de Constant in the 18th century and the Bovet family in the 19th century, and many examples of their timekeepers could be found in the imperial palaces.

Formerly owned by Le Comte Alain de Suzannet.
 
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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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