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China - Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical. With some account of Ava and the Burmese, Siam, and Anam - Julia Corner

1853 - Henry G. Bohn, London - First Edition
A compilation of various writings on China, with steel engraved map, and 85 black and white woodcut illustrations. Beautifully bound in modern pictorial cloth.

A large portion of the writing is from Julia Corner’s
History of China, other authors include John Davis and Wells Williams. 
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The Encyclopaedia Sinica - Samuel Couling

1917 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition
‘Couling’s work, published in 1917, covered so much ground with such accuracy and consistency that it has become established as an essential tool for scholars wishing to understand how new China was seen and interpreted at the time.’

A fundamentally important book regarding China at the turn of the 20th century, Couling’s volume quickly became an invaluable resource for travellers, historians, and anthropologists seeking a basic knowledge of Chinese culture and international relations. Presented in an encyclopaedic format, the book contains a multitude of informative, yet easily digestible informative entries on everything from religion, agriculture, language, and history, to local myths and legends.  
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China in Sign and Symbol - with decorations by Kent Crane - Louise Crane

1926 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition
‘All symbols are of universal use and date from earliest antiquity. Mrs. Louise Crane has taken in hand in this volume to describe some of the symbols she has observed in the social life of the Chinese... symbols are our agents.’

Gorgeously presented in a vivid art-deco dust jacket, this profusely illustrated work is a nicely put together study of the ornate shop signs and enigmatic symbols from 1926, explaining the customs and tradition they are based on. Illustrated by Kent Crane with 49 photographs and full colour plates, depicting different symbols and signs, all brightly coloured, some heightened in gold, and including two large folding coloured plates.

Organised to show how each group of symbols applies to life -
The Inner Man; The Outer Man; His Occupation; His Funds; His General Needs; His Health; and His Future State. 
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With the Jungle Folk. A Sketch of Burmese Village Life - Edward William Dirom Cuming

1897 - Osgood, London - First Edition
Cuming’s charming fictionalised account of village life and dacoits based on the years he spent in Burma in the rice export business.

Illustrated with twelve plates from drawings by a ‘
Burmese Artist’. 
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Son of Heaven - Princess Der Ling

1935 - D. Appleton-Century Company, New York - First Edition
The story of the colourful, dramatic, and tragic life of Kwang Hsu, taken from his parents at the age of four to be placed as Emperor on a puppet throne, handsome, attractive, diligent as he grew into a realisation of his potential power, loving no one save the concubine Pearl, dying at the age of 37 at the hand of his aunt, the relentless Empress Dowager Cixi, a day before her own death. Princess Der Ling herself had served as first lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi.

‘Princess’ Der Ling - daughter of a Manchu aristocrat, granddaughter of a Boston merchant, educated like a boy in the Confucian classics, a baptised Catholic blessed by the hand of Pope Leo XIII, a woman who donned chic Western fashions in China and her ceremonial court robes in the United States, and wife of an American soldier of fortune... Der Ling was a fascinating human battleground of warring identities, a victim of the hallucinogenic effects of too much publicity, much of it prompted by Der Ling herself, and a figure whose life provides a glimpse into one woman’s experience of living not just between two cultures—that of China and the West—but among many worlds: social, religious, moral, political. -
Grant Hayter-Menzies author of Imperial Masquerade, the Legend of Princess Der Ling. 
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The China Coast – Signed - Ivon A. Donnelly

1931 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition
Boldly signed by Donnelly on the front free endpaper.

A wonderful account of voyages on China’s coast and waterways, Profusely illustrated throughout with Donnelly’s charming line sketches, six wonderful full page colour plates from water colours, and nine maps. With a poem by Joan Power at the end of each section.

Chapters on the Gulf of Pechili, Taku Bar, the Yellow Sea, the Yangtze estuary, the Chusan archipelago, and the South China Sea.
 
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A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries - Jean-Baptiste Du Halde

1738-1741 - Printed by T. Gardner...for Edward Cave, London - First folio edition in English.
Two large folio volumes in contemporary bindings. One of the most celebrated of all 18th century works on China, illustrated with 65 engraved plates, including D’Anville’s exceptional maps (42 large folding maps most engraved by Bowen), nine town-plans, and 13 full-page plates depicting dress, customs and ceremonies. With exquisitely engraved headpieces and initial letters. 
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The Diary of His Excellency Ching-Shan - J. J. L. Duyvendak, Sir Edmund Backhouse

1924 - E. J. Brill, Leiden - First Edition
A rare, uncut and unopened first edition of the first full translation of the amazing Ching-Shan diaries, Sir Edmund Backhouse’s forged papers, which have baffled, amused and infuriated scholars and historians for over a century. Duyvendak was the first academic to attempt this, following a meeting with Lionel Giles in the British Museum, where he was shown and later allowed to photocopy the full ‘diary’ documents, of which only excerpts had previously been published in Backhouse and Bland’s best-seller ‘China Under The Empress Dowager’ published in 1910.

The papers in the British Library had been placed their by J. O. P. Bland, who also gave his permission for Duyvendak to copy and translate them.
 
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