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The Child's Own Book for 1838 - Various Authors

1838 - Richard Davis, London - First Edition
Illustrated with wood engravings, including frontispiece. A potpourri of informational and inspirational writings, with much on missionaries in far off lands, "The profits to be devoted to Sunday School Objects."
 
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Price HK$ 1,800



With Boat and Gun in the Yangtze Valley - Henling Thomas Wade

1895 - Shanghai Mercury Office, Shanghai - First Edition with Folding Maps
Rare first edition of this practical guide to shooting in the lower reaches of the Yangtze, intended primarily for the Shanghai expatriate community; ‘Even before Shanghai was opened by treaty, officers from the well-manned opium schooners lying at Woosung used to organise shooting parties...’. A comprehensive treatise, with 40 articles contributed by various authors, including chapters on Chinese methods of game-hunting, hunting districts, house-boats and their owners, cookery, vocabulary, field medicine, how to break in dogs, and ‘What to do in case of Trouble with the Natives’.

With illustrated lithographic title page by G. E. Burgoyne, three folding maps, six charming woodblock illustrations, and three in-text diagrams. In publisher’s original deluxe cloth.

A foreign sportsman is usually fully equipped with a fowling-piece with the latest improvements, the newest and best ammunition and a good dog...... the Chinaman takes the field clad in straw sandals and the poorest of clothes and uses a common, roughly made gingal [the large Chinese matchlock], inferior native powder, and shot of unequal sizes. If comparison be made of the results attained by the two shooters.... the palm must be given to the latter, who use their inferior matchlocks with singular dexterity and precision.’  
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Price HK$ 18,000