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Selections from the Popular Poetry of The Hindoos - Thomas Duer Broughton [Editor Translator]

1814 - Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, London - First Edition
A pretty and scarce first edition of the the first published anthology of Hindi Poets. Internally fine and unopened. 
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The Morals of Confucius - Confucius

1760 -1780 Circa - Printed for Randal Taylor, London - First Thus
A later 18th century reprint of this work and the first to include the folding frontispiece engraving of Confucius (often missing). First published in 1691 and scarce in any early edition, more so this edition with the engraving. In contemporary binding, and with decorations to title page, six headpieces, and three tailpieces.

Beginning with a ‘
Preface’ introducing this translation and its sources, followed by ‘Part First’ titled ‘Of the Antiquity and Philosophy of the Chinese’, then ‘Part II’ which offers selected translations from the three books, and ends with 80 ‘Maxims’.

‘The great Chinese teacher Confucius (551 BC–479 BC) articulated a philosophy based on the concepts of ren (‘benevolence’ or ‘compassion’) and li (‘ritual’ or ‘propriety’). He hoped to create the ideal, superior man (junzi) and thereby facilitate a just society.

Confucius’s teachings were highly influential across China and large areas of east Asia for almost two millennia before this 1691 work offered English readers their first introduction to his philosophical approach. It provides an account of Confucius’s life and times, as well as 80 of his maxims.

This English-language text is based on a French-language edition published in 1688, which in turn relied on a Latin work of 1687 published in Paris.’ - Marsh’s Library, Dublin.
 
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Abrégé Historique des Principaux Traits de la Vie de Confucius, Célèbre Philosophe Chinois. Gravées par Helman, d'apres des dessins originaux de la Chine envoyés à Paris par M. Amiot missionaire a Pekin - Isidore Stanislas Henri Helman (engraver), Pierre-Charles Levesque (translator), Jean-Denis Attiret (illustrator)

1786 - chez l'Auteur and M. Ponce, Paris - First Edition
A clean example of this work, containing twenty four engraved plates, engraved title page and twenty eight engraved plates of descriptive text in French taken from a larger work on Confucius (Pensées morales de Confucius 1782) by Pierre-Charles Levesque (who is referred to by Helman as Mr.l’Eveque)

Engraved by Helman [1743-1806] and drawn by Jean-Denis Attiret [1702-68], official painter to the workshop at Peking, copied from a set of Chinese miniatures which were sent by the Jesuit missionary Jean-Joseph-Pierre Amiot [1718-93] in Peking to Berlin, who was Louis XIV’s Minister of Art and the one in charge of France’s relations with China. The engravings illustrate the life and deeds of Confucius.’ 
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Illustrations of the Literature and Religion of the Buddhists - Brian Houghton Hodgson

1841 - Self-published – Bound at the Baptist Mission Press, Serampore - First Edition in Book Form
Hodgson’s rare and important work – the first collected edition of papers on the literature and religion of Buddhism – fifteen in total, originally published in Transactions and Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and London, and which for the first time revealed to the West the Sanskrit literature of northern, or Mahayana, Buddhism, which had been preserved in Nepal. For the collection Hodgson adds a preface and many footnotes.

Features two folding lithographed alphabet tables. Interestingly, Hodgson published this book in Serampore, at the time a Danish colony, it would have been printed at the former Serampore Mission Press, set up by the Baptist missionary William Carey, which closed in 1837 merging with the Baptist Mission Press, where this copy was also bound (see small bookplate to front pastedown).

Hodgson later reprinted 12 of the 15 papers as part one of
Essays on the Languages, Literature and Religion of Nepal and Tibet (1874), the second part being on the tribes and geography of Nepal and Tibet, and in 1880 he published Miscellaneous Essays Relating to Indian Subjects (2 volumes, 1880), containing his papers on Indian languages and ethnology. 
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1853-55 - John C. Riker, New York
‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man’

A superb set of the first collected edition of the works of Thomas Jefferson, author of the
Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.

Complete in nine volumes, with folding facsimiles and tables. Published by the Order of the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, from the Original Manuscripts deposited in the department of state. With explanatory notes, tables of contents, and a copious index to the whole, by the editor H. A. Washington.
 
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Specimens of Hindoo Literature - Inscribed - N. E. Kindersley

1794 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., London - First Edition
A scarce and important work, inscribed ‘From The Author’ – one of the earliest translations of Hindu literature and mythology. Kindersley’s composition features the first English rendering of extracts from the Holy Kural, or ‘Ocean of Wisdom’, and the Hindu romance, ‘A History of the Nella-Rajah’, together with his explanatory notes and comments on the Tamil (Tamoul) language.

Described by Kindersley as a
‘moral poem... understood to have been written fourteen hundred years since’, The Holy Kural, ‘Tirukkural’ or ‘Teroo-Vaulaver Kuddal’, is considered one of the most universal expositions on honourable thought and compassion ever composed. It elucidates on the natural wisdom of man, and includes sections on worship, charity, domestic life, hospitality, gratitude, and justice.

With examples of the Tamil alphabet on page 46, and five plates including engravings of the Hindu cupid ‘Munmoden’, the ‘Treemoortee’ and ‘Shivven’.
 
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An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding - John Locke

1700 - Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil at The Black-Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, London - Fourth Edition, with large Additions
‘He that would seriously set upon the search of Truth, ought in the first Place to prepare his Mind with a Love of it. For he that Loves it not, will not take much Pains to get it; nor be much concerned when he misses it.’

Fuelled by the arguments of philosopher Francis Bacon, this large and beautifully bound edition of ‘Concerning Humane Understanding’ contains Locke’s essays on the range and limitations of human knowledge in respect to God and the universe. Often regarded as the birthplace of experimental psychology, this is an important and influential work.

The fourth edition was the last to be printed in his lifetime, and includes his editorial changes, as well as two previously unpublished chapters titled, ‘
On the Association of Ideas’ and ‘Enthusiasm’.

With an engraved frontispiece portrait of John Locke by P. Vanderbanck after Sylvester Brounower.
 
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The Idylls and Epigrams of Theocritus Bion and Moschus - Henry Aiken Metcalf (editor), Theocritus, Bion, Moschus

1905 - The Bibliophile Society, Boston - One of a limited 477 sets printed for members only
Three elegantly bound volumes of works by the three Greek pastoral poets, Theocritus, Bion and Moschus. Finely printed by the De Vinne Press, with the text in Greek with the English translation on the opposing page. Illustrated title pages, and an introduction by William Cranston Lawton. 
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Price HK$ 7,500



 
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