SOLD - The Land of the Dragon. My Boating and Shooting Excursions to the Gorges of the Upper Yangtze - William Spencer Percival 1889 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition A scarce and bright first edition of Spencer Percival’s part travel diary, part anthropological study. Percival, a British civil servant stationed in Shanghai, not only describes boat trips through the Yangtze Gorge, but also his thoughts on a variety of topics, with a chapter on Opium, it is also one of the few books to cover wildfowl shooting in China.

With a wood-engraved frontispiece of ‘
The Bund, Shanghai’, illustrated title page, and a folding colour map of the Upper Yangtze to rear.

Czech in ‘
Asian Big Game Hunting Books’ notes - ‘Primarily valuable for its descriptions of the countryside bordering the Yangtze River, this work also includes the author’s bird shooting trips in the region. Of big game interest is his encounter with wild boar in the Wu-chow-Shan Hills.’
  References: Czech, Asian Big Game Hunting Books, 160.

Octavo (book size 22.8 x 15.4 cm) pp. vii [1] 338. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front panel with dragon and stylised lettering in gilt and red, patterned silk coated endpapers
  Condition: Internally fine, covers very good, spine with wear and slight loss to head, front and rear boards fine.   Ref: 109402   Price: HK$ 0