RESERVED - L. Richard’s Comprehensive Geography of the Chinese Empire and Dependencies. Translated into English, revised and enlarged by M. Kennelly, S.J. - L. Richard, M. Kennelly 1908 - T'Usewei Press, Shanghai - First Edition A fascinating reference for anyone interested in China. Not purely geographical, this work is, as stated ‘comprehensive’ in it’s coverage of each region, it’s towns, cities, lakes and other geographical features as well as chapters on agriculture, trade and commerce, mining, history and political geography.

Illustrated with maps in text, and four individual coloured maps tucked into green bands at the front and back of the book. Maps are
Large Map of the 18 Provinces (sheet size 76.4x64.5cm); Physical and Political Map of China and Dependencies (36x42.1cm); The Great Hupeh Plain (33.1x24.5cm); and The Lower Yangtze Region (33.1x24cm).
  Originally compiled by the French geographer Louis Richard and published in French as Géographie de L’Empire de Chine in 1905 by the same T'Usewei Press in Shanghai. There was great demand for a translation of Richard’s work, and so Kennelly spent three years to carry this out at Sicawei College in Shanghai. Due to the various reforms adopted by China, the new status of the Manchurian Provinces, and the progress of events in the Far East, during the three years of translation, Kennelly revised the original work substantially and enlarged it by approximately 150 pages. This this is in effect not only the first edition in English it is the first edition of this revised and enlarged work.

Provenance: Original booksellers ticket in Chinese to rear, later Chicago booksellers plate, and 1948 postcard to a ‘Don Keefer’ of Chicago loosely inserted.

Thick octavo (book size 24x16.5cm), pp. [6] xviii 713 [3]. in publisher's brown cloth, spine with gilt letters and Chinese characters, front board illustrated and lettered in black and gilt, green coated endpapers, brown cloth bands to front and rear for holding maps. There was also a variant binding matching this, which appears to be a later one as the front board lacks the gilt Chinese characters and the lettering on the front board is in black only.
  Condition: Near fine, some faint markings to endpapers, light rubbing to corners.   Ref: 109791   Price: HK$ 5,000