January 29, 2019 eList: Asia
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London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1867. First edition, small 8vo, pp. xix, , 198,  ads; 3 wood-engraved plates, 19 wood engravings in the text; slightest wear and cracks at the top of the spine, else fine in original pictorial terracotta cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine. Czech, Asia, p. 212: "This is a reprinting of the section on elephant first appearing in the author's 1859 two-volume work, Ceylon: An Account of the Island... Additional material has been added from various sources, particularly in regards to natural history. Included is a chapter on elephant shooting with some notes taken from Samuel White Baker."
Columbo: H. R. Cottle, 1921. First edition, 8vo, pp. xxii, 581, ; frontispiece portrait, folding map, folding table (within the pagination), publisher's "Notice" tipped in at title page, 2 errata slips tipped in at p. ; 98 figures in the text; map with old tape repair at fold, extremities rubbed, else good and sound, or better in original blue cloth, gilt lettered on upper cover and spine.
Colombo: Colombo Apothecaries Co., Ltd., . First Ceylonese edition (originally published in London in 1929); small 8vo, pp. 324; 2 folding maps, 16 full-page illustrations by Kathleen Murdoch and E. J. Laws; fine copy inoriginal red cloth and prteserving the fragile dust jacket showing 2 old tape repairs on the verso and a few shallow chips at the edges. A series of romantic folk tales involving Indian and Sri Lankan royalty, British Colonialists, and various exotic, scantily clad women.
Colombo: printed for the Christian Vernacular Education Society, 1868. 12mo, pp. 30; engraved title page; original stiff blue pictorial wrappers; spined ends cracked, else very good. Despite the title, this small pamphlet covers not only the geography of the island of what is now the country of Sir Lanka, but also the people, commerce, and government. One copy in OCLC as of June, 2014, at the NYPL.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., . First edition, 8vo, pp. 182, [2, ads]; black & white plates; original maroon cloth, dust-jacket; near fine with light rubbing and edgewear to the jacket. The coming of Buddhism to Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), concentrating on the monumental Buddhist remains at Mihintale, Anuradhapura and Polonnaryva, once known as "the buried cities" of Ceylon.
Calcutta: printed at Bishop's College Press, by H. Townsend, 1827. First edition thus, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. lxi, , 414; xiv, 565; 2 folding frontispieces, one a map of Armenia, and the other the Armenian College at Moscow, plus one other folding plate; list of 211 subscribers taking a total of 251 copies; original drab boards; neatly rebacked, new paper labels on spine. The edition was likely small, certainly no more than 500, and more likely something closer to 300. It is a translation of the author's abridgment (published in 1811) of his History of Armenia, originally issued in 1786 in 3 large quartos.
Paris: Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient, 1963. First edition, large 8vo, pp. , xi, , 468, , 4 folding maps and plans plus 100 pages showing nearly 300 illustrations; fine, uncut and unopened copy in original gray printed wrappers. Issued as no. LIV in the Publications de l'Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient.
Paris & Bruxelles: Librairie Nationale d'Art et d'Histoire, G. Vanoest, Éditeur, 1928. Large 8vo, pp. , 278, ; unopened; numerous plates throughout; original drab printed wrappers; some chipping at spine ends; modern bookseller's ticket on half title page; generally very good. Originally serialized in T'oung Pao, 1910-1913, and published in book-form in 1914. The kingdom of Champa was an Indianized kingdom that controlled what is now southern and central Vietnam from approximately the 7th century through to 1832. The Cham people are remnants of this kingdom. They speak Cham, a Malayo-Polynesian language. See Cordier, p. 2814, for the first edition.
Beijing: Surveying and Mapping Pub. House, 1994. Folio, pp. , 271, ; color maps, diagrams, and photographs on geography, history, culture, urban development, and so on; text in Chinese; maroon patterned cloth with gilt title on spine and cover, in pictorial paper dust jacket, both fine, in a slip case with a small dent.
Shanghai: Navy YMCA, 1938. Pocket map, 13 x 25 inches, duotone (red and black) map folds into a printed card cover (6¾" x 3½"); light wear to card cover, else fine. Text in lower corner of map lists various places of interest including bands, hospitals, churches, clubs, hotels, parks, theaters, skating rinks, swimming pools, advertisers and more. Text on verso includes business advertisements, general information on Shanghai, time difference between Shanghai and other ports, postal, telegraph and cable rates, amusements, church services, the Navy Y.M.C.A. and more. Inside rear card cover lists American Personnel in Shanghai. Red key marks on map indicate points throughout Shanghai for Ford Hire and Silver Taxi Stations. Text inside front cover identifies the stations with starred notations indicating which stations are temporarily closed due to hostilities. Stated "Tenth Editon - 1938", but an uncommon map of Shanghai with points of interest; no copies listed in OCLC.
Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1927. 8vo, pp. , xii, , 434; frontispiece, black & white plates; original yellow cloth, very good. Fictional "recollections" which are true to events in the stormy days of China's mid-century wars against colonialist powers. Morse was the author of books on the currency, trade and international relations of China.
Saigon: Société des études indochinoises, [1960-63]. 3 volumes, large 8vo, folding map, illustrations in the text; nice set in original printed wrappers. Bulletin de la Société des études indochinoises, Nouvelle série 35, 36, and 38; Collection Unesco d'oeuvres représentatives. The Three Kingdoms, originally published in 1522, is a Chinese historical novel set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the period of the Three Kingdoms, 220 - 265. Written by Luo Guanzhong in the fourteenth century after the work of Chen Shou written in the third century, this novel is one of the four great books of Chinese literature, which ranks among the longest and oldest novels in Chinese history.
London: Adam and Charles Black, 1909. First edition, sm 4to, pp. vii, 137, ; with illustrations by Mortimer Menpes, 16 plates including frontispiece, numerous illustrations within text, some toning, rear hinge cracked, extremities lightly rubbed at edges, else very good in original blue cloth with gilt decorated upper cover and spine.
London: printed for Walker & Edwards, 1817. Thick 12mo, engraved frontispiece and additional title page, divisional half-title, publisher's catalogue at back, pp. ix, , 1-485, ,  adverts.; contemporary red straight-grain morocco gilt, a.e.g., spine sunned, edges rubbed; very good copy. Cordier, Biblioteca Sinica, 1857; Lust, Western Books on China published up to 1850, 1277 (note).
Shanghai: Presbyterian Mission Press, . First edition, 8vo, pp. [i-vii] viii-ix, 110; 17 photographic plates; original printed wrappers rebacked; slight chipping and creasing to upper cover; water spots on lower cover; pencil marks in margins of first 10 pages. A narrative tour of Hangchow, with interjections of local lore.