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Shanghae Races, Spring Meeting, 1865, Second Day, Thursday, 27th April, 1865 -

1865 - Printed by A. H. De Carvalho, Shanghai - Only edition
Large and rare lavender China silk programme for one of the earliest Shanghai Races, the 1865 Spring Meeting (47.5 x 23.5 cm). Finely presented in gold wood frame (64 x 38.5 cm), on acid free backing card, and with 99% UV protection ‘tru-vue’ museum grade glass.

Listing seven races, all are with names of stables or owners, names of horses, weight or height, jockey silks colours, the horses include Arabs, English, China and Japan Ponies

The races are -
Maloo Plate, for China ponies only; Arab Challenge Cup, for all Arabs; Chaasee Cup, for China and Japan ponies; Challenge Cup, for all horses [Arabs, Stud Bred, Colonials, and English]; Chu-Ka-Za Cup, for all Arabs; The Selling Stakes, for Colonial and Arab horses; and the Hack Stakes, for all horses not otherwise entered at this Meeting. 
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Price HK$ 25,000



Ladies’ Directory. Red Book for Shanghai for the year 1885 -

1885 - Printed and Published at the “North-China Herald” Office, Shanghai - Only Edition
If one was not included in the Ladies’ Directory or little Red Book for Shanghai, then one was not of social importance.

A beautifully restored example of this rare and exquisite little directory. This one the property of Mrs. Ernest T. Holwill (
How-kung-kuan) of “West Villa” Bubbling Well Road, Shanghai (see page 39), with her hand written ‘visiting notes’, both ‘visited’ and ‘received’.

With 65 pages listing 516 society ladies, with their surname in Chinese characters, a transliteration, and address in English, followed by 48 pages for one’s ‘Visiting Notes’.

In addition are useful sections including ‘
Colloquial Phrases’ covering directions, places one would usually visit, and roads; Fixed and Moveable Festivals; The New Lectionary; Postage Rates and Regulations; Market Prices (with items in English and Chinese characters); followed by pages of relevant advertisements. 
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Price HK$ 18,000



A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. - George Anson, Richard Walter

1748 - Printed for the Author, London - First Edition
A finely bound ‘Royal Paper’ copy of the this beautifully illustrated work which ‘has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel’ (Hill), and ‘a model of what such literature should be’ (Cox).

Containing forty two copper-engraved maps, charts, views, and coastal profiles, all but one folding, including views of Brazilian harbours and cities, Acapulco, Tenian, Port St. Julian, Magellan’s Straits, the Bay of Manila, Saipan, Lama, Lantau, Chinese Junks, and others, and large folding maps of South America, the Philippines, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the twelve page subscriber list, and the two page instructions to the binder.

England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America, for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. Seven ships were lost and out of 900 men, 600 perished. As usual scurvy took an appalling toll.

The Spanish fleet sent out to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Thus the primary object of the expedition was not attained, however Anson continued taking prizes off the Pacific coast during 1741-42, and in June 1743, near the Philippines he captured the Spanish galleon
Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga and its treasure of £400,000 sterling, which allowed Anson and the surviving members of his crew to reach England much the richer. 
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The Chinese Drama - From the Earliest Times until To-Day - Lewis Charles Arlington, H. A. Giles, Mei Lan-fang

1930 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First edition, number 152 of 750 copies signed by the author
‘A Panoramic Study of the Art in China, tracing its Origin and describing its Actors (in both Male and Female roles): their Costumes and Make-up, Superstitions and Stage Slang: the accompanying Music and Musical Instruments: concluding with Synopses of Thirty Chinese Plays.’

A rare and signed copy of this authoritative work, retaining the beautiful pictorial boards and end-papers, illustrated with 115 full page colour plates ‘reproduced through the medium of stone lithography’, as well as black and white engravings. Signed by Arlington to the front blank endpaper.
 
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1935 - Henri Vetch, Peking - First Edition
A nice copy signed by Arlington in 1939.

‘A painstakingly constructed portrait of one of the world's great cities in the 1930s. Until the Communist revolution of 1949, the standard guidebook to the architecture of the Chinese capital was
In Search of Old Peking by two long-time foreign residents, L.C. Arlington, an American naval officer who became a civil servant, and William Lewisohn, an English diplomat who ended up a journalist. The work still retains its charm, as the modern facsimile reprint of it shows, but it ceased to be a repository of practical information once Mao Zedong turned his attention to the city’. (Fetherling)

Profusely illustrated with frontispiece of the Emperor Yung Lo and 24 other images, together with 30 maps and plans many of which are folding; these include a plan on the front end-paper of the 19 tours in the city and suburbs of Peking which are described in the book; a map on the rear end-paper of the Peking Plain; and a large folding plan of Peking in three colours contained in a pocket on the inside of rear board. 
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RESERVED - Oriental and Western Siberia - Thomas Witlam Atkinson

1858 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition
Atkinson, the talented architect, turned artist and explorer, journeyed through Central Asia after obtaining a special passport from Czar Nicholas I. This is his account together with illustrations from his water colours, with twenty colour and tinted lithographed plates including a hand coloured frontispiece, thirty two wood engravings throughout the text, and large folding map to the rear.

‘Inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's accounts of Siberia, Atkinson then moved to St. Petersburg There, in 1846, he abandoned architecture as a profession for the pursuits of an explorer and topographical artist. Between March and November 1847 he travelled to the Urals, the Kirgiz steppes, and Altai Mountains Between 1848 and 1853 he travelled extensively in the Russian orient, gathering much geographical and geological information. During this time he produced over 500 water-colours of the landscapes and peoples, some of them 5 or 6 feet square After his return to Britain, an exhibition of Atkinson's Siberian and Chinese Tartar scenes was held in 1856 at Colnaghi's Gallery, London. Some of these were lithographed and published in his narratives of his travels.’ [ODNB]
 
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Empire of the Sun - J. G. Ballard

1984 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
Based on Jim Graham Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

‘Remarkable … form, content and style fuse with complete success … one of the great war novels of the 20th century’ - William Boyd.

Includes the publisher’s promotional bookmark.
 
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Price HK$ 1,900



The Coastwise Lights of China - T. Roger Banister

1932 - Inspectorate General of Customs, Shanghai - First Edition
A detailed history of the Chinese Maritime Customs Lights Service, and the light houses and light ships they constructed from the 1860’s until 1932, illustrated with over 100 full page photographic plates and seven maps outlined in colour. 
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Price HK$ 7,000



 
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