Camps and Trails in China. A Narrative of Exploration, Adventure, and Sport in Little-Known China - Roy Chapman Andrews, Yvette Borup Andrews

1918 - D. Appleton and Company, New York - First Edition
First edition, with two folding maps and illustrated with 58 photographs.

The popular narrative of the American Museum of Natural History's 1916-1917 Asiatic Zoological Expedition. The expedition was mostly in Yunnan, China, but also entered Burma, Tibet, and Vietnam. This focusses on their travel and adventures, for the scientific part of the expedition a separate detailed report was issued.

Explorer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960) was the expedition's leader, while his wife, photographer and filmmaker Yvette Borup Andrews (1891-1959) was its photographer and also kept daily journals of the trip. She also contributed six chapters to the book, including ‘
The Women of China’, ‘Stalking Tibetans with a Camera’, and ‘Prisoners of War in Burma’. 
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Journal of an Embassy from the Governor General of India to the Court of Ava - John Crawfurd

1829 - Henry Colburn, London - First Edition
A rare first edition of Crawfurd’s observant and detailed account of his mission to Burma, the distinguished orientalist’s final colonial mission after nearly 30 years in Southeast Asia.

With the large engraved folding ‘
Map of the Burman Dominions and Adjacent Countries’ (60x76cm), by John Walker (1787-1873).

Crawfurd was appointed British Resident at Ava in the wake of the First Anglo-Burmese War, and resided at the Burmese Capital from 1826 to 1827. Here he gives a fascinating narrative of his 400 mile journey up the Irrawaddy by paddle-steamer, of his reception at the capital, the weeks of negotiations over a commercial treaty and the terms of the Yandabo Treaty, and various excursions made. He then goes on to describe their departure and adds general chapters on Burmese society, religion, trade and history. The expedition fortuitously was delayed on the return journey for repairs giving time for Crawfurd to collect significant fossils and 18,000 botanical specimens.

Illustrated with five aquatint plates (three of which are hand-coloured), an engraved ‘
Plan of the Fortress and City of Ava’, six in-text woodblock illustrations and five lithographed plates of fossils to the rear. 
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From China to Hkamti Long - Captain F. Kingdon-Ward

1924 - Edward Arnold &, London - First Edition
In 1922-1923 the great plant hunter Kingdon-Ward travelled "westward from the Yangtze, across the narrow strip of the earth's crust where the great rivers of South-East Asia escape from Tibet and through the jungles which hide the headwaters of the mighty Irawaddi, Burma's great river" (from preface).

Illustrated with twenty one black and white photographs on 16 plates and a folding map outlined in colour to the rear.

‘The author's second attempt to march overland to India from Likiang, on the borders of Yunnan. He explored Yunnan and Szechwan in 1921, and Yunnan, Szechwan, Tibet and North Burma in 1922. This is a feat which had been performed only three times; in 1895 by Prince Henry of Orleans, with two companions; in 1906 by E. C. Young; and in 1911 by F. M. Bailey.’ (Yakushi).
 
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Old Burma - Eight Works on Burma in Four Volumes - U Myo Min, Taw Sein Ko, Ma (Daw) Mya Sein, F. Haskings, U Tun Pe, et al.

1938 to 1949 - Various, Various - Various
Eight works on Burma bound into four charming volumes for Charles Booth, British diplomat who served in Burma three times between 1950 and 1978.

A compilation of memoir, history, and tourist guides to Burma, these books are profusely illustrated with maps, photographic plates, and illustrations, and will provide wonderful material for armchair travellers, and nostalgia to those who have already visited Burma.
 
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Canoe Errant, Canoe Errant On The Nile, Canoe Errant On The Mississippi, Canoe to Mandalay, Canoe in Australia. - Major R. Raven-Hart

1935 to 1948 - Various, Various - First editions, Canoe Errant is ‘the first of Major Raven-Hart’s books on his canoe trips throughout the world. He had survived World War I with impaired health, had little money, and wished to see Europe, especially those parts of it not yet spoiled by tourists. One day in 1928 he saw two German’s assembling and launching a folding canoe on the Seine below his home in Herblay. After chatting with them, he bought one, named her Couer Fidele (the family motto), made some experimental trips, and, in 1930, began serious voyaging. He tells of cruises in the spring, summer and autumn of each year through 1934. By the latter year, having travelled many of the rivers of France and Germany, he went down the Danube to Budapest and then cruised Dalmatian waters.

These are the first five books by Major Raven-Hart taking him canoeing across the world, from the Irrawaddy to the Murrumbidgee, the Mississippi to the Wadi Halfa. His books contain adventures, views on customs and languages and historical insights throughout.
 
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The Traveller in Asia - Priscilla Wakefield

1817 - Darton, London - First Edition
This lovely little book is the final title of Priscilla Wakefield’s fictional travel series, for the purpose of educating children, and based upon the narrative of Arthur Middleton. Illustrated with a colour folding map.

‘In the book Arthur Middleton travels around India and visits China with his impressions and experiences recorded in a journal format. He makes an acquaintance with a Mr Melville who accompanies him on part of the journey and asks Arthur to take charge of his nephew Charles Melville who is fourteen. Arthur and his new companion Charles continue the journey and Priscilla begins to include into the text letters from Charles to his sister Adele. The visit to China at the end of the book is brief in comparison to the volume of information about India. At the end of the book Arthur returns Charles to his uncle and plans his return to England.’ -
Priscilla Wakefield., Travels in Juvenile Literature (Blog). 
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Price HK$ 3,000