China - Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical. With some account of Ava and the Burmese, Siam, and Anam - Julia Corner

1853 - Henry G. Bohn, London - First Edition
A compilation of various writings on China, with steel engraved map, and 85 black and white woodcut illustrations. Beautifully bound in modern pictorial cloth.

A large portion of the writing is from Julia Corner’s
History of China, other authors include John Davis and Wells Williams. 
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SOLD - A Thousand Miles on an Elephant in the Shan States - Holt S. Hallett

1890 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
A fine example of this scarce and wonderfully illustrated account, ‘narrating Hallett’s travels in Thailand and the Shan States of Eastern Burma in 1876 to survey possible railway routes from Burma. He was accompanied by two missionaries, Rev. Dr. Josiah Nelson Cushing and Rev. Dr. Daniel McGilvary. Hallett was a lively observer of the local topography, people, trade and customs, and recorded his impressions not only in words but in detailed illustrations that are included in this book, together with route maps.’ [Patricia Herbert, Burmah]

With eight folding lithographed maps, 7 of which are in colour, together with sketches and diagrams throughout the text.
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Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat - Edmund Roberts

1837 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition
Important account of an early American embassy to the east. Roberts was appointed as special agent of the United States to negotiate treaties with Muscat, Siam, Cochin China and Japan, which he set out to do in 1832 with the ship Peacock and the schooner Boxer.

Includes about 120 pages describing the culture and business practices of China.

In publisher’s original cloth, and paper label to spine.
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1649 - Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium, Amsterdam - First Edition
Two little volumes bound in one stunning contemporary vellum binding (11.9 x 6.5 cm), with additional engraved title page and folding out table.

Volume I contains the first comprehensive description of Japan from a European perspective, which Varenius based on a diversity of sources, without visiting Japan himself, together with a Latin translation of the first reliable work on Siam (Thailand, and provinces of Cambodia, Malaysia, and Burma) by Joost Schouten. Volume II contains a discourse on religion in Japan by Varenius, and his writings on diverse races and their religions (including Schouten on the religions of Siam), followed by short excerpts from
Leo Africanus on religion in Africa. 
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Price HK$ 7,800