Up the Yang-Tse. (Reprinted from the 'China Review.') With Sketch Maps - E. H. Parker 1891 - Printed at the 'China Mail' Office, Hong Kong - First Edition A rare first edition of this detailed and descriptive account of a journey taken by 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 (six 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 (184901926) 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 for the 'China Review' and then reworked and published in hardback.

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

Octavo (21 x 14 cm). pp. [6] 308 vi. Purple
Errata slip tipped in after title page.
  In later half black morocco over contemporary marbled boards, brown morocco spine label lettered in gilt, new endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, tear to fold of first folding map, in near fine binding with some rubbing to the marbled boards.   Ref: 108887   Price: HK$ 13,000