Illustrated Catalogue of the “Maze Collection” of Chinese Junk Models in the Science Museum, London, 1938 - Sir Frederick Maze 1939 - Science Museum, London [printed Shanghai] - First and only edition A rare work detailing the unique collection of ten large-scale models of Chinese junks, presented to the Science Museum, London, by Sir Frederick Maze, inspector-general of Chinese customs in 1938. The models were built in Hong-Kong or Shanghai by Chinese craftsmen, under the supervision of George C.L. Worcester and are accurate replicas of these sailing craft in every detail, down to the shrines and household gods. They include examples with the magical eye on the prow.

Illustrated with 18 large photographic plates, detailing the ten junks of the collection and the Fukien Sea-Going Junk model donated to the Musée de la Marine in Paris.

This copy comes with three additional loose original photographs, property of the Science Museum, titled in pencil on the back: ‘
Chinese Lorcha’ (see ‘Lorcha’ plate), ‘Chinese Fish Carrying Boat from Ming Po, Broadside’ and ‘Hylain junk from China Draught and sail plan’ (see ’Model of Hainan Sea-going Junk’ plate and appendix 6). The work is missing the plate of the ‘South-China Sea-Going Junk’,

A presentation copy ‘
With the compliments of Sir Frederick Maze, Inspector General of Chinese Maritime Customs and Administrator of the Chinese Lighthouse Department. 1929-1943.’ We believe copies of this work were printed in a small number for Sir Frederick Maze, and the only other copy we have seen includes the same compliments slip.
  ‘These boats, which are now giving place to steam in Chinese waters, and have also suffered many casualties during the present warfare, are of two main types, a northern and a southern. Except for details of rigging, they have not altered in principle over a prolonged period—at least a thousand years, and some authorities would hold for perhaps twice as long before that. Of these types, one has bluff bows and a flat bottom adapted for sailing in shallow waters. The other type has a sharp bow, with sheer lines and a deeper draught. Details of construction and rig in use among Chinese sailors at an early date are shown in these models, which did not appear in Western ships until a very much later period. Such, for example, are the watertight compartment, the battened sail used in yacht racing, lee boards of the keel and rudder types, and multiple sheets for independent handling of the upper and lower parts of the sails.’ - Nature. International Weekly Journal of Science - October 1938.

Provenance: With the stamp of the ‘Honourable Company of Master Mariners Library’
[[62] leaves : ill. ; 24 x 34cm.]
  Publisher’s binding of half dark green morocco over patterned cloth, marbled end-papers of gilt and green   Condition: Very good, wear to corners and spine of binding, internally several tissue guards with fold creases, plate of ‘South-China Sea-Going Junk’ removed.   Ref: 105409   Price: HK$ 15,000