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The Loyal Samurai of Ako - Aisaburo Akiyama

1930 - Takahashi Bookstand, Tokyo - First Edition
Stunningly presented edition of the story of the legendary revenge of the forty-seven rōnin. Illustrated with colour woodblock plate by Toyokuni.

A fine copy, in the publisher’s glassine jacket and two part decorated box, together with the loosely tipped in ‘Notice’ explaining that the illustration on the beautiful silk covers is based upon ‘an immortal declaration made by Norinaga Motoori, the greatest Shinto Scholar.
 
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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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The China Pilot. Part 1. East Coast from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Chiefly from the Surveys of Captain Collinson, R.N., C.B. edited by Robert Loney - together with - Large Folio atlas containing 25 large double-page 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 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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Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales - James Grace, Warwick Goble (illustrator)

1910 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Trade Edition
A lovely collection of tales and legends, many of them sourced from the Ko-ji-ki, or Record of Ancient Matters, which contains the mythology of Japan, and beautifully illustrated with 40 tipped-in colour plates by Warwick Goble.

Stories in the collection include ‘Flower of the Peony’, ‘Green Willow’, ‘Tamamo, ‘The Fox Maiden’, ‘The Flute’, ‘The Moon Maiden’, and ‘The Wind in the Pine Tree’, among many others.
 
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Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island - Captain Basil Hall, H. J. Clifford

1818 - John Murray, London - First Edition
A fine full margined copy, with nine aquatint plates by William Havell, all but one hand-coloured, five engraved maps, including two folding, and an engraved plate of ‘Wollaston’s Dip Sector’ instrument.

‘This expedition took Lord Amherst's embassy to China and explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryukyu Archipelago. Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until this 1816-7 expedition of the
Alceste and Lyra, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukus. On the homeward passage, the Alceste was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra. Captain Hall served in the Royal Navy from 1802-23 and achieved the rank of post-captain. He saw extensive duty on the Pacific coast of America, and continued his travels as a private citizen. He wrote many other books about his travels and experiences.’ - Hill. 
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Eighty-eight Years of Commercial Progress Ruined. Shanghai Shelled and Bombed - Sargent Key (editor)

1932 - Privately Printed, Shanghai - First Edition
A collection of editorials and reports written by impartial foreign observers on the local war situation for leading American and British papers including “The Shanghai Evening Post & Mercury”, “The China Press”, “North China Daily News”, etc.

Rare and highly detailed account of the Shanghai war of 1932, also known as the January 28 incident, and a plea for foreign intervention, compiled over the two months of the war and Illustrated with 34 black and white photographs, many of which are of a graphic nature.

In January 1932 Japanese agents incited unrest to justify further Japanese military action in Shanghai. This descended into war after the Japanese bombed Shanghai in what many consider to be the first mass aerial bombing of a civilian population (five years before the bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War). The battle ended on March 3rd, with Chinese troops retreating from the city. After much international pressure China and Japan signed an agreement which made Shanghai a demilitarised zone and forbade China to garrison troops in areas surrounding Shanghai, Suzhou, and Kunshan, while allowing the presence of a few Japanese units in the city. China was allowed to keep only a small police force within the city.

With a foreword by H. E. C. dated Shanghai, February, 1932, and an introduction by D. J. Evans, a British resident with over 25 years experience in Asia.
 
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China and Japan, and A Voyage Thither; an Account of a Cruise in the Waters of the East Indies, China, and Japan - James B. Lawrence USMC

1870 - Case, Hartford - First American Edition
A scarce work in the form of letters covering Lawrence’s service in the marine corps on the US Steamer Wachuset, sailing from Boston in 1865 through the West Indies, via South America, the Cape and up to Java, arriving in Hong Kong to join the Asiatic Squadron in March 1866. The majority of this work covers his two years service mostly in China, with a short description of Japan of about 50 pages. Lawrence later served as a surgeon in the Army.

Very personal and interesting observations of the people, places and happenings throughout his tour. With nine full page illustrations.
 
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The Treaty Ports of China and Japan. A Complete Guide to the Open Ports of Those Countries, Together with Peking, Yedo, Hongkong and Macao. Forming a Guide Book & Vade Mecum for Travellers, Merchants, and Residents in General. - Wm. Fred. Mayers, N.B. Dennys, Chas King.

1867 - Trübner & Co. / A. Shortrede and Co., London / Hong Kong - First and only edition
As trade between the East and the West grew in the mid-nineteenth century, increasing numbers of Westerners travelled to China and Japan, and in 1867 this guide to the key port cities such as Hong Kong and Nagasaki was published in both Hong Kong and London. Its editor, Nicholas Belfield Dennys (1813-1899) claimed it was the first such comprehensive handbook printed for public distribution. Intended for visitors and new residents, the guide was originally typeset in China, allowing place names and other words to be printed in Chinese characters.

The book includes physical descriptions and brief histories of twenty three Chinese cities and six Japanese cities, details of schools and libraries, population statistics and much practical information, as well as a list of other publications on China and Japan. Published shortly after the major expansion in Treaty Ports effected by the Second Opium War in China (1858 -1860) and the Harris Treaty in Japan (1858).

A complete copy of this rare guide book, a fascinating and detailed study of 23 ports in China and 6 in Japan, The 28 fragile and specially commissioned maps, engraved in China, 27 of which are printed in red, are almost invariably missing from the few copies which turn up. In addition to the invaluable maps, the book is a mine of information on every imaginable facet of China. It is also one of the best early sources of information on Hong Kong.
 
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Price HK$ 45,000



 
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