London & New York: Harper & Bros. 1900. Second edition, 8vo, pp. xi, , 464, ; frontispiece portrait, plates, illustrations in the text, 4 folding color maps; very good in original blue cloth gilt, slight wear to edges, two ownership inscriptions on front free endpaper, minimal foxing including some to the maps.
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Newtown: Bird & Bull Press, 1993. Edition limited to 200 copies, this the bookbinder Greg Campbell's copy, Campbell-Logan Bindery, marked in pencil "binder's copy" and out-of-series; small 4to, pp. 156, ; dragon vignette on title page, 25 tipped-in wood engravings by Rosemary Covey plus text illustrations; original quarter red goat over navy cloth, leather spine label; fine. The first edition was published in Peking ca. 1936. This edition replaces the original photos with new wood engravings. Forty-Four A54.
New York: Chinese Vanguard Pub. Co., 1930. Staple bound pamphlet, aprox. 7.5 x 5.5 inches, pp. 40; tan paper wrappers; light wear to wrappers, ink burn through bottom of some pages, not affecting text, overall very good. The Chinese Vanguard was an organization dedicated to agitating for revolution among the Chinese in America. This pamphlet attacks the Kuomintang and declares the Communist party as the "only truly revolutionary party in China."
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1937. First edition, 4to, 2 volumes, pp. 469 (continuous pagination); black and white plates and illustrations throughout; a fine set in the rarely seen dust jackets. An influential text; nearly 2500 patterns of lattice from ancient Chinese windows, including the history of development and classification of designs.
Hsin-chu, Taiwan: National Tsing Hua University, 1998. 8vo, pp. , vi, 72, , 15, , 73-124, ; text in English and Chinese, green paper covers with flaps; "complimentary exchange" stamp on title page, else fine. Part of the Hsin Chu Bank endowed lecture series on Chinese thought and culture.
New York: John B. Alden, 1884. First American edition, 12mo. pp. 215; black & white frontispiece portrait, ownership inscription and stamp on front blank; original green cloth with a dragon stamped in gilt on front cover; fine. Major-General Charles George Gordon, also know as Chinese Gordon, was a British Army officer and administrator. His military reputation was established in China, for commanding Chinese soldiers, frequently against superior forces, in putting down the Taiping Rebellion.
New York: George H. Doran Company, . 8vo, pp. xxiii, , 25-538; frontispiece portrait, photographic illustrations, maps, diagrams; small name stamps of previous owner on endpaper and front free endpaper, lower spine frayed, otherwise very good in original green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Contains chapters on history, geography, government, population, health, education, commercial life, recreation, the social evil (prostitution), poverty and philanthropy, prisons and more.
London: Downey & Co., 1899. New edition, 8vo, pp. xii, 189, ; ads on recto of rear free endpaper; bound with The Fourteenth [and Sixteenth] Annual Report of the Mission to the Chinese Blind (Glasgow 1901 and 1903 respectively, each 16mo, 30pp., self-wraps); portrait frontispiece, mounted portrait (as issued) on verso of contents leaf; 18 illus. in the text, some full-p., tables at the back; very good copy in orig. yellow cloth, brown lettering and decoration. This copy with occasional contemporary ink annotations by an informed reader. Greatly expanded over the first edition of the previous year, and also with a bifolium insert, dated 1901, on The Destruction of the Schools for the Blind by the Chinese in Peking, in June, 1900.
Shanghai: Commercial Press, Ltd., 1922. First edition, thin 12mo, pp. xv, , 40; 28 illustrations, mostly full-page and mostly from photographs; Shanghai ownership inscription on front free endaper dated January, 1923; very good in original pictorial green cloth stamped in gilt. Concerns the dragon in Chinese life, literature, mythology, etc.
London: Longman [et al. 1855. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, folding colored frontispiece map in vol. I (neat acid-free repair to folds on verso), top of spine of vol. I with a small piece chipped away, slight fraying and rubbing, but generally a good copy or better in orig. blue cloth. With an interesting section on acupuncture and medical practices. Cordier, p. 2119.
[Minneapolis, MN]: The Mineapolis Institute of Arts, . First edition, 4to, pp. 352; profusely illustrated; fine in original brown cloth with gilt-lettered spine, pictorial dust jacket. Exhibition catalogue containing 218 objects in color from the "Appreciating China: Gifts from Ruth and Bruce Dayton," exhbition held at the MIA 2002.
Cambridge, Mass. East Asian Research Center, Harvard University, 1966. 4to, pp. 310; blue printed wrappers. Compilation of seven papers on the subject, divided into three sub-sections, "The Missionary and his Contribution to China;" "The Missionary and Chinese Nationalism;" and "The Missionary and China's Rural Problems". Very good.
London: National Minority Movement, 1927. Staple bound pamphlet, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, pp. 30; red pictorial wrappers; bookshop stamp on title page, light wear to edges. A report on an International Workers' delegation to China. Mann was the organization's first president, and was deported from a number of European countries for his attempts to organize trade unions.
New York: Crocker & Brewster, 1838. First American edition, small 8vo, pp. xv, , -472; folding frontispiece map, 6 wood-engravings by G. Baxter on 3 plates; a fine, bright copy in original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. A stunning copy. Walter Henry Medhurst (1796-1857) was an English missionary who served an apprenticeship in the printing trade before joining the Missionary Society. He was sent to Malacca in 1817 where he spent almost 20 years doing Protestant missionary work in what is now Indonesia. It was in Batavia (Jakarta) that he printed on his lithographic press the first English-Japanese dictionary in 1830. After the Opium War he moved to Shanghai in order to assist in a translation of the New Testament into Chinese, and remained in China until his return to England in 1856. Medhurst's long career in the Far East made him familiar not only with Malay and Chinese, but also with Japanese, and he is not only one of the most reliable, but also one of the most informed of the Western sinologists. He also went on to publish a Chinese dictionary and conversation book.
Hong Kong, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. First edition, square 8vo, pp. vii, , 246; endpaper maps; near fine review copy in original cloth, dust-jacket with small price sticker on inner flap. Photographs of Yun Kang, Cheng Ting, Jehol, Hua Shan, the Lost Tribe Country, the Shantung coast, Pao Ting, Ch'u Fu and T'ai Shan and Nanking.
Tokyo: The Herald Press, . First edition, 12mo, pp. , ii, 39, ; 3 folding maps; rebound in green cloth with original paper cover laid down on upper cover; light toning, a couple shallow closed tears, very good. "The first reliable account in English" of the Shanghai Incident of 1932, essentially apologia for Japan's military aggression. Motosada was one of the most fluent Japanese speakers of English in his time, and his passion for the language led him to become the aide to the first prime minister of Japan and founder of Japan's first English-Language newspaper, The Japan Times.
Boston: Eastburn's Press, 1845. 8vo, pp. 152; original green paper wrappers neatly rebacked, edges lightly spotted; contemporary owner's signature on front wrapper, very good. A case by case description of the contents of the museum's exhibit. Most of the descriptions are detailed, and diverge into long comments about Chinese society and culture. The museum showed "41 cases displaying approximately 800 objects related to Chinese fine arts, agriculture, costume, and other customs," but did not survive for more than 2 years before becoming insolvent, with the collection moving to Philadelphia, possibly to join the collection already established there by Nathaniel Dunn.
London: printed for Sir Richard Phillips, 1822. First separate edition, 8vo, pp. , 116; later light blue paper wrappers, paper cover label; wear to wrappers, a bit of staining throughout, but generally a very good copy. An extract from Phillip's New Voyages and Travels (London, 1820-1823) intended for the general reader, without the nautical and meteorological information. Lust 227.
Saigon: Imprimerie Dong-Nam, . Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies (this, no. 333), 8vo, pp. -29, ; Chinese characters printed in red; near fine in original cream buckram, publisher's slipcase with printed paper label. "A treasure of undesigned whimsy," mostly humorous translations into English from a Chinese dictionary discovered in the stall of a Paris bookseller.
Taipei: Institute of Chinese Culture, 1960-1962. 10 volumes, large 8vo, each volume with fifty black and white plates, captions in Chinese and English on versos, covering different eras in Chinese history from prehistory to the Ching dynasty; multicolor pictorial paper-covered boards with maroon cloth spines, string-bound with orange ribbon.
[Gyeonggi, Korea: Bookcity Culture Foundation, 2016]. 8vo, pp. 365, ; text in Chinese, Korean, and English; stiff paper cover, stitched naked without spine; fine in a fine dust jacket. A heavily illustrated exhibition catalog and biography, highlighting Lu's innovative approach to book structure and design, including traditional Chinese binding, adaptations of Western structures, modern trade edition designs, and art books. The exhibition displayed more than 1000 pieces of work with the theme, "Learn something good from the old before creating something new."