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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Journal of an Embassy from the Governor-General of India to the Courts of Siam and Cochin China - John Crawfurd

1830 - Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London - Second Edition
Crawfurd’s intelligent and comprehensive account of his mission to Siam and Vietnam, volume one being his narrative of the mission itself, whilst volume two describes the people, places, customs, manners and other observations made during that time. In original boards and spine, full margins and partially unopened.

‘In 1821 Crawfurd, then based in Calcutta, was appointed to head a mission to Siam and Vietnam, with the primary objective of opening up commerce. He made little headway with the suspicious local authorities and achieved no political and little commercial advantage, despite instructions to seek trade on liberal terms without demanding the exclusive privileges customary in the past. But the official report, which he submitted on his return to Calcutta in December 1822, provided invaluable information.’

Profusely illustrated throughout, with engraved maps, plates, and woodcuts.
 
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If I Die in A Combat Zone, Box Me Up & Ship Me Home - Tim O’Brien

1973 - Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition
Signed and inscribed by O’Brien to author Hilma Wolitzer on the half-title.

To Hilma, Whose wit and intelligence, not to mention sex appeal, continues to inspire / Tim.”

A unique and fine first edition. Tim O’Brien was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam on April 5, 1969, to serve with the Third Platoon, Company A, Fifth Battalion, Forty-Sixth Infantry Division.

‘O'Brien's autobiographical account of his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. His first book and a classic on the Vietnam War’, in which he ‘brilliantly and quietly evokes the foot soldier's daily life in the paddies and foxholes, evokes a blind, blundering war... Tim O'Brien writes with the care and eloquence of someone for whom communication is still a vital possibility... A personal document of aching clarity... A beautiful, painful book.’ -
The New York Times Book Review. 
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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. Includes about 120 pages describing the culture and business practices of China. 
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Dog Soldiers - SIGNED - Robert Stone

1974 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
‘…a dark descendent of Conrad’s and Hemingway’s adventure stories…a tale of Vietnam and California…’ – The New York Times

Fine copy of the first edition, signed by Robert Stone on title page.

A narrative meditation on American counterculture, Stone’s novel follows confused and traumatised Vietnam War correspondent John Converse as he attempts to smuggle three kilos of heroin back to California, embroiling his wife, Marge, and ex-Marine corps friend Hicks in the process, only to watch his dangerous plan violently unravel.
 
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Price HK$ 2,000