Up the Yang-Tse. With Sketch Maps - E. H. Parker, Formerly H.B.M. Consul, Hoihow. 1899 - Kelly &, Shanghai - Second Edition A rare and fine example of this detailed and descriptive account of a journey taken by the sinologist, diplomat and barrister Edward Harper Parker. His observant narrative ranges from opium, trafficking of women, infanticide, and bribery to the silk trade, farming, local customs and beliefs.

Illustrated with eight sketch maps (seven of which are folding).
  ‘The first serious Western student of Chinese dialectology who was not a missionary was the brash Edward Harper Parker (1849-1926), a British consular official’. Parker (1849-1926) was an English barrister and sinologist who wrote a number of books on the First and Second Opium Wars and other Chinese topics. He intended to engage in the tea trade, studied Chinese, and from 1869 to 1871, in the character of student interpreter, he travelled in Mongolia, and afterwards served at the British consulates in Wenchow, Fusan, and Shanghai, and travelled in Oceania, Eastern Asia, and North America. He retired from the consular service in 1895, becoming a university professor.’ - Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1999.

First published in different format in the 'China Review' and then reworked and published in book form by the China Mail, Hong Kong, 1891, this, the second edition, being published in 1899 by Kelly & Walsh, Shanghai.

Maps on pages 1, 52, 114, 172, 174*, 204, 246, final map to page 274 has been attached to the larger folding map on page 1 in this copy.

Provenance: Some pencilled notes, and indecipherable name (?, Jack)to front free endpaper.

Reference: Branner,
The Linguistic Ideas of Edward Harper Parker, Journal of the American Oriental Society 1999. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica
2150 (China Review).

Octavo (binding size 22.2x15.2cm), pp. [8] 308 vi (Index) [4].
  Bound in later black pebbled morocco over marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt, burgundy morocco label lettered in gilt.   Condition: Fine in fine binding   Ref: 111113   Price: HK$ 12,000