January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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Paris: Louis Lucas, 1690. 4to, pp. , 324,  ; a4 e4 A-2S4 2T2; folding plate of music, woodcut typographical decorations, head- and tail-pieces, and initials; full contemporary calf recently rebacked with original gilt spine laid down, renewed corners; boards slightly bowed; some not unattractive rubberstamps of a late 19th-century/early 20th-century Chinese library on title page, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Mr. A. G-du Plessis on front pastedown; near fine copy of a scarce edition. An early description of Thailand presented in four sections: the first on the physical and geographical description; followed by law and customs; religion; and lastly an account of the present-day ruler King Narai the Great (reigned 1656-1688). See Cordier, Indosinica, 721 and Graesse III, p. 61, for the first (1688) edition, calling for a folding map not present in this edition. OCLC locates only the Cornell copy in the United States as of October, 2016.
Saigon: Dai Nam Van Hien Books, 1970. First edition in English, 4to, pp. 57, ; printed from typescript; near fine in original printed wrappers. A second edition under a slightly different title published in 1974 is held by 8 institutions, but of this, Cornell and London's School of Oriental and African Studies only in OCLC.
n.p. [Tibet]: n.d. [19th century]. Manuscript in Tibetan, 5.75” x 14.75”, 8 leaves, written in red and black on alternating lines; with unusual covers sporting a woven paper border on the outside covers and a flap on the inside covers under which is text written in white on black painted paper. Covers toned, worn and wormed, inner leaves toned at edges but generally very good. A portion of the cover text appears to refer to perfection in wisdom, one of the transcendent virtues - (transliteration: shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa).
London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., 1905. Second edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xix, , 414; xi, , 426; 42 plates, 7 maps (2 folding and in color), plus numerous illustrations in the text; a very good, sound copy in original gilt-stamped red cloth, and preserving the original printed dust jackets which are a little chipped at the spine extremities but with no loss of letterpress. Landon was a journalist traveling with Younghusband's expedition to the forbidden city in 1903-04.
New York & London: Century Co., 1924. First edition, 8vo, pp. xiv, 462; frontis portrait and 65 illustrations from photographs on rectos and versos of 18 plates; fine copy in the illusive dust jacket which has a minor crease in the front panel. The American edition precedes the London edition and contains more illustrations as well.
[Tokyo? Meiji 31, i.e. 1898.]. Large 8vo (27 x 19 cm.) consisting of 12 hand-colored woodblocks, 6 with captions in Japanese, 3 with captions in Japanese and English, and 1 with a caption in Japanese and French; contained in a paper sleeve, the front with a color pictorial illustration laid down, the rear with a printed slip paid down detailing publishing information; not found in OCLC. Contained in a brown cloth-covered Japanese style box with thongs.
Paris: Challamel, 1888. First edition, 8vo, pp. , 103; 11 folding lithograph plates (9 in color) at the back; slight scuffing else very good in contemporary half red morocco, gilt-stamped paneled spine. The author was director of the colonial mines in French Indochina and the text concerns the local geology, specifically the coal-mining industry, in the area immediately surrounding Hanoi, Haiphong and the Red River delta regions. 3 in NUC (Cornell, US Govt. & Nat'l. Acad. of Sci.); not in Cordier.
Hanoi: impr. d'Extrême-Orient, 1930. First edition, 4to, pp. -118; 5 folding maps printed in color at the back (all with tears at the folds, 2 almost split in two), folding table, 6 flow charts, 2 leaves of graphs, 1 plate of a tunnel. Very good in later native half blue calf over marbled boards, with gilt-lettered spine. Various public works projects for the mitigation of floods, storm surges, and tsunamis, including dams, jettys, breakwaters, etc. The author was the Ingénieur des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, Chef du Service Hydraulique du Tonkin.
Paris: Hinrichsen et cie. 1884. First edition in French, 12mo, pp. vi, 318, ; very good in contemporary quarter black morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine. With accounts of French colonial politics, the geography of Tonkin, economics, relations of France with China, military matters, etc. The first edition in English was published earlier the same year.This copy with a few pencil annotations by an informed reader.
Paris: Paul Ollendorff, 1887. Nouvelle édition, 12mo, pp. 232; photographic portrait frontispiece, maps, marbled endpapers; general shelf wear, extremities bumped and rubbed, moderate foxing throughout; a good copy in later half black native calf over blue marbled boards. Letters written during a expeditionary campaign in Tonkin before the author was killed in Bang-Bo, China, March 24th, 1885.
Tokyo: 芸艸堂 / Unsoudo, 1918. 2 volumes, 11" x 7.75", each 56 pages; color woodblock prints on 25 pages of each volume depicting a variety of toys from around the world, including masks from Taiwan and Paris, Russian Matryoshka dolls, Barbizon puppets, Hungarian and Burmese carvings, and so on; blue and brown paper covers, stab stitched, illustrated title labels on upper covers; ex-library with labels on covers and stamps on preliminaries, covers rubbed, very good. One only in OCLC as of Nov. 2017. An earlier edition was published 4 years earlier, but did not include 42 of the woodblock prints included here.
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1882. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xx, 502,  ads; xiv, , 500; frontispieces plus 10 plates (8 folding), 5 maps (3 folding); original brown cloth ruled in blind, spines gilt-lettered; spine ends frayed, corners a bit bumped and rubbed, library stamps to title-pages, versos of plates and maps (no other library markings), Vol. II cracked at frontispiece, short tear at fold of pocket map; overall a better than good, sound and sturdy set. Ghani p. 285.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1878. 8vo, pp. 403, , 4; 3 folded maps in pockets on front and rear pastedowns; original red pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt, brown glazed endpapers; cloth mottled from damp, edges rubbed, maps show splitting along folds, edges rather ragged; some damage to front pastedown from previously removed bookplate; textblock uniformly toned, else fine. See Yakushi B631a for the first (London, 1876) edition.
New York: Harper & Brothers, n.d., [ca. 1880]. 8vo, pp. 403, , 4; 3 folded maps in cover pockets, original red pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt, brown glazed endpapers; spine a bit spotted else very good. Maps show minor splitting along folds. See Yakushi B631a for the first (London, 1876) edition.
London: John Murray, 1906. First edition, 8vo, pp. viii, , 410; original blue cloth, spine gilt; a few tears to cloth at spine, upper hinge cracked; a good, sound copy. Vambéry argues against the accepted notion that the Russian, being semi-Asiatic themselves, were better fitted to "civilize" Asia than were the "stiff, proud" English.
Saigon: Bac-Viet Tu'o'ng-Te Hoi, 1963. Edition limited to 200 copies of which this is no. 34, 8vo, pp. 227; frontispiece, maps, illustrations, tables, and charts throughout; original red pictorial wrappers (a bit soiled), shelf wear, minor damage to back wrapper from removal of label, corners bumped and creased; interior very good. Text in Vietnamese, some Chinese. Cover subtitle: "Tran Trieu Hien Thanh Hu'ng Dao Dai Vu'o'ng". The biography of Tran Hu'ng Dao (1228-1300), Supreme Commander of Dai Viet during the Tran Dynasty, best known for his repelling of 2 separate Mongol invasions.