The Foreigner In Far Cathay - Walter Henry Medhurst 1873 - Scribner, New York - First American Edition [First Published London 1872] A bright copy of Medhurst’s work whose ‘aim is simply to enlighten the home public as to the actual circumstances in which residents in that remote region find themselves’, it also includes chapters on foreigners on China, consuls and customs authorities, and missionaries. With a folding colour map of China.

The author Sir Walter Henry Medhurst (1822-85), son of the Chinese missionary Walter Henry Medhurst (1796-1857), reached China in 1839. Having been brought up in the Far East he spoke fluent Chinese, Dutch and Malay. Medhurst was first employed by Capt. Elliot in the Chinese secretary's office and then was with Sir Henry Pottinger’s staff in Hong Kong, and was present at the taking of Amoy and Chusan in 1840 during the First Opium War. By 1843 he was serving as interpreter at the Shanghai Consulate, and in the following years, he held a number of important consular positions in Chinese treaty ports such as Fuzhou, Shanghai (as H.M. Consul), Hangzhou and Hankou. Thus he served in China and the Treaty Ports during the most turbulent years of British presence there. This is his sole general account of China.
  Provenance: With the attractive 19th century bookplate of the American Seaman’s Friend Society, 80 Wall Street, New York. The Society was founded in 1828 by the Congressional Church “to improve the social and moral condition of the seamen”. It sent crates of books to mervhant ships’ crew and ran libraries ashore in seamen’s boarding houses.

References: Taylor,
Books on China 53. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, 94.

Octavo (book size 19.4x13.6cm), pp. [10] 204 [4 publisher’s adverts] [2]. In publisher’s brown cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, front panel bordered, letered and illustrated in black, rear panel bordered in blind, all edges trimmed, pale yellow endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, minor rubbing to corners and bevelled edges of cloth, slightly heavier to spine ends, some light marks to endpapers and title page.   Ref: 110293   Price: HK$ 3,500