Hong Kong: 1900-1901. Three quarto manuscript letters totaling 22 pages and approx. 6000 words on life in Hong Kong as an American expat. The author, "Katheryn," writes to her friend Jesse in Oregon, describing her daily routine and life in Hong Kong with her husband Tom, who works there. "Hong Kong is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I cannot describe it to you but will send you some Kodak pictures." Her writing is rather slangy and telegraphic, but she manages to convey a sense of her life and times. "We have a rickshaw of our own now, Tom bought it last week. It is a nice one, made in Japan, and better than the ones they make here. Have two coolies so they can drag Tom up the hill. One runs behind and pushes. A tailor is making their uniforms. I chose kahki (sic) trimmed with red for them, Will also have the monogram TWH in red letters on them. People here think you are somebody if your coolies are in uniform." She goes on at length in this manner, explaining that the chair coolies (necessary to negotiate the many steps in Hong Kong) do not like Tom because he weighs 200 pounds. She, on the other hand, goes where she pleases. She discusses her wardrobe (all white clothing) and talks about clothing and Chinese tailors, and about friends of her husband's - other expats. She describes their rooms, a bargain at $160 per month. Then, "Although the Plague is usually worse here in summer it seems now that there are fewer cases than there were a few weeks ago... I go through the Plague district (that is, where it is the worst) Wauchai, a suburb, nearly every day." She also talks about ships currently in the harbor, “trouble in the north" and the Hong Kong regiment. We gather that she's been married just a year, and that her husband pampers her, but that she misses her friend Jessie and is a little homesick. The first twelve-page letter was written between June 19 and 25. The second, a two pager sending condolences for a death in Jessie's family, was written August 27, 1900. The third letter, eight pages, was written in 1901. In it Kathryn talks about cameras and mentions their trip to Canton and Macao. Clean and legible.
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London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852. First edition thus, small 8vo, pp. viii, 313; contemporary quarter black sheep over marbled boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers; bottom of spine a bit damaged from removed library label, boards considerably rubbed, extremities shelf worn; textblock uniformly toned, else fine. Shortened translation of the author's "Souvenirs d'un voyage dans la Tartarie, le Thibet, et la Chine pendant les années 1844, 1845, et 1846" (Paris, 1850). Cordier, p. 2119; Yakushi H445d.
Saigon: Rey, Curiol & Cie, 1895-96. First edition, 2 volumes, large 4to, pp. xiv, 608; vi, 596; lexicon in double column, Vietnamese entries with French equivalents, preface in both Vietnamese and French; original printed wrappers bound in, the second with a piece missing from the top outer corner touching the printed border but no text; ca. 1968-72 native Vietnamese full red morocco lettered in gilt on upper covers and spines; pages toning, a few insignificant tears, but in all a very good copy. Not in Zaunmuller.
Fukien, China: Yeh Nan-sung-t’ang, [late Ming Dynasty, ca. 1600]. Four volumes in two, stab-bound in contemporary Korean paper covers, resewn, minor worming, very good in a cloth folding case. Zhu Xi (1130-200) was a Song Dynasty scholar who championed the importance of the Four Books (Analects, the Mencius, the Great Learning, and the Doctrine of the Mean) in Chinese philosophy during a time where the I Ching (Book of Changes) was considered the most important text. His heavily annotated editions of each became standard texts after his death. This copy of the I Ching was printed later in the Ming dynasty, and contains a colophon in the form of a cartouche in the back, indicating the name and place of its publisher.
[Tokyo]: Tsubochi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, . First edition, 8vo, pp. , iv, ,146; recent red cloth, gilt lettering direct on spine; original printed wrappers bound in; very good. Preliminary matter in both English and Japanese. The catalogue, in English throughout, contains only books in languages other than Japanese, and largely published in England and America.
Madras: printed for private circulation only, by Graves and Co., 1862. First edition, 8vo, pp. vii, , 163; a bit of occasional spotting, else very good in original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine. With the ownership signature on the front free endpaper of "Dr. Gairdner ... Edinburgh." From the Preface: The accompanying annals of James Macrae ... forms a portion of the annals of Madras, which have recently been published by the author in three volumes small quarto under the title of Madras in the Olden Time. A few copies of the present Memoir have been struck off for private circulation only. James Macrae (1677 - 1744) was a Scottish seaman and administrator who served as the President of Fort St George (Madras) from 1725 to 1730. He is known for naval exploits against the pirate Edward England and for reforming the administration of Madras Presidency. 8 in OCLC only Harvard and one other in the U.S.
Bombay: printed at The Times Press, 1913. Only edition, slim 4to, pp., 73; large folding map with routes in color; 58 photographic illustrations in the text (several full-p.), and 1 plan; original blue cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover; front free flyleaf excised, covers a little bowed, else very good. Description of travel in India via the EBSR. The vivid photographs are mostly by Johnston & Hoffman, Calcutta.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1948. First edition, 8vo, pp. lxxii, 203; photographic portrait frontispiece of the author; original red gilt-stamped cloth in blue-green printed dustjacket, negligible toning along edges, fine. Forms part of the "Publications of the Institute of the History of Medicine," Third series: The Hideyo Noguchi Lectures, Volume VI. Garrison-Morton (5th ed.): 6491, according to OCLC.
London: Trubner & Co., 1878. Second edition "enlarged and improved," 4to, pp. xii, 147 plus 34 plates bound in at the rear (a number folding); colored frontispiece map; a near fine copy in orig. brown cloth gilt. Burnell (1840-1882) was "a very eminent Sanskrit scholar and high authority on the language and literature of southern India... [He] did for south Indian writing what Princep had attempted four years before for the palaeography of the north, and his Elements of South Indian Palaeography is a standard work, and deservedly won for him the honorary doctor's degree of the University of Strasburg" (see DNB III, 384). Max Muller has said that this work "opens an avenue through one of the thickest and darkest jungles of Indian archaeology, and is so full of documentary evidence that it will long remain indispensable to every student of Indian literature."
New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. First edition limited to 370 copies signed by Hunter and the printer, Elmer Adler, 4to, 27 specimens of Indian hand-made paper at the back, 84 photogravure illus. on 42 plates; light scuffing on spine, else a near fine copy in blue calf-backed linen-covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, publisher's slipcase rubbed and with one joint repaired. Schlosser 39.
New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. First edition limited to 370 copies signed by Hunter and the printer, Elmer Adler, 4to, 27 specimens of Indian hand-made paper at the back, 84 photogravure illus. on 42 plates; fine copy in blue calf-backed linen-covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, publisher's slipcase rubbed and bumped. The spine on this book, usually scuffed and rubbed, is in exemplary condition. Schlosser 39.
London: Richard Bentley, 1833. First edition, 8vo., pp. xviii, 387; x, 356; rubber stamp of the King's Inns Library, Dublin on verso of title-pp. and on last leaf; contemporary speckled calf with a 20th century rebacking in sheep, gilt lettered direct on spine; spines a little scuffed, edges worn, otherwise a good sound copy or better. Includes discussion of elephant fights, Hindu architecture, Agra, Delhi, the wild beasts of the Himalayan Mountains, tiger hunting, travelling Lamas, hill tribes, the Indian military, and the beautiful mountains themselves.
Cincinnati & New York: Jennings and Graham & Eaton and Mains, . First edition, 12mo, pp. 160; frontispiece portrait, illus. from photographs; original maroon cloth stamped in gilt; very minimal edgewear to head and foot of spine, else fine in dust-jacket with chips at the edges. An argument against the custom of child-marriage, the caste system, the pardah system, plural marriage, non-remarriage of widows, etc.
London: T, Werner Laurie, n.d., [ca. 1914.]. First edition, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xvi, 320; half-title and title printed in red and black, frontispiece portrait and 31 photographic illus. on rectos and versos of 20 plates; a good, sound copy in orig. gray-blue cloth lettered in blue. An account of the author's travels Himalayan India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet, with notices of natural history and local customs.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. First edition, 8vo., pp. vi, , 296; large folding map; tipped-in "From the author" slip at title page; original blue cloth, gilt spine; a few wrinkles on upper cover and spine, slight wear at spine extremities, else a near fine copy. "The following pages were written chiefly in Steamships and Railway Carriages, or late at night, after the occupations of the day were over, and were sent home week by week to my usual travelling companions - none of whom, as it chanced, were able to accompany me on my Indian Journey" (Preface).
London: John Murray, 1828. First edition, 2 vols., 4to, pp. xv, ,  subscriber list, [xvii]-xlvii, , 631, ; vi, , 515, ; frontispiece portrait, map of India hand-colored in outline, 10 plates, plus 25 wood-engravings in the text; slightly later full green russia a bit scuffed and rubbed, but sound; plates with occasional mild foxing. Herber (1783-1826) was Lord Bishop of Calcutta, and highly important in the missionary work then being done in India. He completed the erection and full establishment of Bishop's College, Calcutta and "traveled indefatigably through all parts of his unwieldy diocese, not only performing diligently his episcopal duties, but also healing differences and cheering the hearts and strengthening the hands of Christian workers wherever he went" (DNB). Lowndes II, 1030-31: "A highly valuable, interesting, and most delightful work."
Westminster: Archibald Constable, 1894. First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. lxv, , 627,  ads; xxxv, , 382; 2 folding maps (ancient India and ancient Iran); pages toned, half-titles quite darkened, rear hinge cracked in vol. 2; otherwise a good, sound set in orig. red cloth, gilt lettering on spine.
London: Seeley, Service & Co., n.d., . First edition, 8vo, pp. -187,  ads; color frontispiece, 16 photographic plates, plus illustrations in the text, some full-p.; unclipped dust-jacket with spine rubbed, causing loss to 2 or 3 letters, a little soiled, and with 2 or 3 small chips out; fore-margin stamped "file copy / not to be taken away," top edge a little soiled; in all, a very good copy in an uncommon jacket. Only 6 in OCLC (4 in the U.S.).
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891. First edition, 8vo, pp. xix, , 794; with over 200 illustrations, four double page maps in color and a large color table on crops; bound in original green cloth with cover title in red and gilt; gilt title on spine; light scuffing and wear to cover edges and spine; title page neatly reinforced in margins on verso, and endpapers renewed; folding map preserved at back with some folds reinforced with scotch tape; bottom edge of textblock dampstained, overall a good copy or better.
London: published for the author by Robert Jennings, 1827. Second edition, "to which is added an account of hunting the wild boar," 8vo, pp. xii, 295; engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved plates; with a smaller leaf descriptive of the frontispiece tipped-in just before it; original boards rebacked, most of original spine laid down, original paper label chipped; a good, sound copy. First published in 1822 under the title, Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.