With Boat and Gun in the Yangtze Valley - Henling Thomas Wade 1895 - Shanghai Mercury Office, Shanghai - First Edition with Folding Maps Rare first edition of this practical guide to shooting in the lower reaches of the Yangtze, intended primarily for the Shanghai expatriate community; ‘Even before Shanghai was opened by treaty, officers from the well-manned opium schooners lying at Woosung used to organise shooting parties...’. A comprehensive treatise, with 40 articles contributed by various authors, including chapters on Chinese methods of game-hunting, hunting districts, house-boats and their owners, cookery, vocabulary, field medicine, how to break in dogs, and ‘What to do in case of Trouble with the Natives’.

With illustrated lithographic title page by G. E. Burgoyne, three folding maps, six charming woodblock illustrations, and three in-text diagrams. In publisher’s original deluxe cloth.

A foreign sportsman is usually fully equipped with a fowling-piece with the latest improvements, the newest and best ammunition and a good dog...... the Chinaman takes the field clad in straw sandals and the poorest of clothes and uses a common, roughly made gingal [the large Chinese matchlock], inferior native powder, and shot of unequal sizes. If comparison be made of the results attained by the two shooters.... the palm must be given to the latter, who use their inferior matchlocks with singular dexterity and precision.’
  This is the deluxe first edition, which included the three folding maps - Ningpo and the Surrounding Country; Map of the Great South Lake and Adjacent Shooting Districts; Nanking and Evirons. Published simultaneously with the trade edition, which did not include the maps.

‘A most excellent work for the student of hunting upland birds and waterfowl in old China... A fascinating record of sport in a little known region.’ - Kenneth P. Czech,
Asian Big Game Hunting Books.

Chapters (by Wade unless otherwise stated):
I. Outline Sketch of the Shooting in the Yangtze Valley.
II. The Nearer Lying Shooting Districts.
III. The More Remote Shooting Districts.
IV. Notes on General Shooting.
V. Wild-Fowl Shooting Outside Woosung - Duncan Glass.
VI. Notes on Dogs.
VII. Dog-Breaking.
VIII. Commoner Ailments of the Dog in China and some simple remedies.
IX. Notes on Guns
X. I - The House-Boat - R. W. Croal.
X. II - The House-Boat - J. P. Roberts.
X. III - The House-Boat - C. J. Ashley.
XI. The House-Boat Up-Country
XII. The Pig, Deer, Hares and the Ground and Flying Vermin of the Yangtze Valley - F. W. Styan, F.Z.S.
XIII. The Snipes of China - F. W. Styan, F.Z.S.
XIV. Hangchow Notes - Rt. Rev. Bishop Moule, D.D.
XV. Soochow Notes - Rev. H. Du Bose, D.D.
XVI. Ningpo Notes - H. P. Wadman.
XVII. I. Yangtze Notes - Ichang - E. A. Aldridge, M.R.C.S.
XVII. II. Yangtze Notes - Hankow - A. L. Roberts.
XVII. III. Yangtze Notes - Kiukiang and the River as far as Ngankin - Geo. Jamieson, F.S.S.
XVII. IV. Yangtze Notes - Wuhu to Ngankin - A. R. Greaves.
XVII. V. Yangtze Notes - Wuhu
XVII. VI. Yangtze Notes - Nanking - H. R. Hearson.
XVII. VII. Yangtze Notes - Chinkiang - W. R. Carles, F.R.G.S.
XVII. VIII. Yangtze Notes - Chinkiang - O. G. Ready, B.A.
XVII. IX. Yangtze Notes - Kiangyin to Kiukiang - F. W. Styan, F.Z.S.
XVIII. A Trip to the Hills (Feng-Wan-Shan) - Mr. and Mrs. C. Deighton-Braysher.
XIX. How to Skin a Bird - F. W. Styan, F.Z.S.
XX. What to do in case of Trouble with the Natives - Geo. Jamieson, F.S.S.
XXI. The Up-Country Medicine Chest and how to use it - Edward Henderson, M.D.
XXII. Up-Country Cookery - Mrs F. J. Maitland.
XXIII. Vocabulary - Mrs W. S. Emens.
XXIV. Notes on the S.Y.C. “2 1/2 Raters” - A. E. Jones.
XXV. A Stray Note.
XXVI. Memorabilia.
XXVII. List of House-Boats, Owners, &C.
XXVIII. Tables of Distances.
XXIX. Some Chinese Methods of Shooting and Trapping Game - Kum Ayen.
XXX. The Diary: With a few suggestions how to keep it methodically.

Reference: Cordier Bibliotheca Sinica 126, 246, 3053 (maps). Czech, Asian Big Game Hunting Books, 219.
Quarto (book size 26x22.3cm), pp. [4] iii [1] 187 [1] v [1] [Errata slip tipped in]. In publisher's dark green textured cloth, front panel lettered and lined in gilt.

Collation 30/9/2016
Lithographic title page; in-text diagrams & plans 22, 23, 59; in-text woodcut illustrations 24, 65, 179, 180, 181, 182; folding maps 98,110,112.
  Condition: Near fine, toning to endpapers, in very good binding, splash spots to front panel, scratches to rear panel, wear to corners, 1cm split to rear hinge cloth.   Ref: 108301   Price: HK$ 18,000