January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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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: / 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.
New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1877. 8vo, 2 vols., pp. xii, 411; ix, , 463; 3 folding maps printed in color, 20 wood-engraved plates plus other wood engravings in the text; front free endpaper in vol. II excised, some dampstaining in vol. II, vol. II also with the fore-edge of the preliminaries crinkled, the bindings lightly rubbed, all else very good. First published in 1876. Yakushi S234-b: "The author traveled to Russian Turkistan, Issyk-kul, Kuldja, and a part of Chinese Turkistan in 1873.
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.
London: Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co., 1851. Small 8vo, pp. viii, 494,  ads, 32 (publisher's catalogue); frontispiece, folding map, 17 plates and other illus. in the text; later 19th century full brown morocco with elaborate blindstamped border on both covers incorporating lions and unicorns, the central panels with a vellum medallion stamped in gilt with an Assyrian archer, a.e.g.; a little rubbed but generally very good.
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.
[Saigon: Tho’i Luan, 1956.]. First edition in English, 8vo, pp. 130, ; original printed wrappers, both wrappers with some worming, barely touching any letterpress; all else good or better. Numerous interesting contemporary interlineal annotations in pencil by a native Vietnamese speaker. Translated from "Preuves sanglantes" by the staff of the newspaper Tho’i Luan, Saigon, the editior of which was Nghiêm-Xuân-Thien and dedicated "To all those who have not been able to escape from the Communist hell."