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The Lacquer Screen - Robert H. Van Gulik

1964 - Heinemann, London - First English edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1962)
The ninth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fifth tale, being set in China 664 AD. First published in Kuala Lumpur in 1962, whilst Van Gulik was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya

With ten illustrations from woodblock prints by Van Gulik, and endpapers illustrated in red showing a Chinese screen of four panels,
Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. 
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The Monkey and the Tiger - Robert H. Van Gulik

1965 - Heinemann, London - First Edition
The eleventh book in the Judge Dee series, containing two stories The Morning of the Monkey and The Night of the Tiger chronologically seventh and twenty second tale, being set in China 666 and 676 AD respectively.

With eight illustrations and a
Sketchmap of the Flooded Area from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated with The Chinese Zodiac, in Chinese style by Van Gulik. 
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The Complete Set of 11 ‘Burma Pamphlets’ produced by the Burma Research Society. - Various

1943 to 1947 - Longmans, London and Calcutta - First and Only Editions
Rare set of eleven pamphlets, produced under the auspices of the Burma Research Society, inaugurated in 1910, and whose members included such luminaries as John Furnivall, Charles Duroiselle, May Oung, Gordon Luce and Pe Maung Tin.

In addition to the incredible amount of well informed opinion and knowledge these pamphlets contain, they are profuesly illustrated with photographic plates, colour plates, drawings, diagrams, and maps.

1. Burma Background by B.R. Pearn – With three full page illustrations and one full page map.
2. Burma Setting by O.H.K. Spate – With two full page maps.
3. Buddhism in Burma by G. Appleton – With four photographic plates.
4. Burma Rice – With six photographic plates.
5. The Forests of Burma by F.T. Morehead – With seven photographic plates.
6. The Hill Peoples of Burma by H.N.C. Stevenson – With 19 photographic plates and one map to rear.
7. The Burman, An Appreciation by C.J. Richards – With six photographic plates.
8. The Karens of Burma by Harry I. Marshall – With eight illustrations (three full page) specially drawn by C. H. G. Moorhouse.
9. Burma Facts and Figures – Illustrated with schematics.
10. The Burma Petroleum Industry – With one folding map and 24 full page plates and diagrams.
11. The Birds of Burma - Bertram E. Smythies – With eight full page colour plates .
 
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Diplomatic and Consular Reports on Trade - Various

1897 to 1907 - Foreign Office, London - First Editions
A total of 116 various diplomatic and consular reports on China and the numerous British Consuls, dated from 1896 to 1906, finely bound into two thick volumes.

With reports ‘
On the trade of China’ for the years 1896 to 1905 (the last being of 120 pages in length), together with a selection of individual annual reports on Amoy, Canton, Changhshha, Chefoo, Chinkiang, Chungking, Foochow, Hangchow, Hangkow / Hankow, Ichang, Kiukiang, Kiungchow / Hoihow, Newchwang, Ningpo, Pakhoi, and Samshui, as well as an industry specific report on ‘on the Cotton Mills of China’ [Please contact us for a complete excel spreadsheet for full details of all reports]

The reports range from the dry to eloquent and detailed, obviously depending on the importance of the area and the character of the consul and staff making the report, include a number of maps, plans and charts.
 
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Extraordinary Hardships and Adventures of Captain Woodard... Including their Escape from the Malays - William Vaughn, Captain David Woodard

Circa 1808 - Printed for Thomas Tegg, London - First Edition Thus
A rare little account, with folding frontispiece engraving depicting Woodard dramatically ‘defending himself from the Treachery of the Malays’. Woodard had sailed in the American ship Enterprise from Batavia (Jakarta) bound for Manila. He and five companions were sent off in small boat to purchase provisions, but found themselves cut off by a storm, finally landing at Celebes where one of them, Archibald Millar, was killed in a fight with the local Malays. Imprisoned by their captors, they finally escaped with the help of a Muslim priest, and made their way back to Batavia. Woodard later recounted the story to William Vaughn who wrote this account. 
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The Adventures of a Chinaman in China - Jules Verne

1889 - Lee and Shepard, Boston - Early Illustrated Edition
Jules Verne’s story of a wealthy young Chinaman, Kin-Fo, who is, after much happiness, burdened with the loss of of a major investment in a U.S. bank. But this loss sends him out into the world to seek not only a new fortune, but adventures more thrilling.

A Jules Verne adventure story with an edge of philosophical humour as well as criticism for topics such as the British opium trade in China.

A sharp, near fine copy, profusely illustrated with 50 plates and drawings taken from the original French edition.
 
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With Boat and Gun in the Yangtze Valley - Henling Thomas Wade

1895 - Shanghai Mercury Office, Shanghai - First Edition with Folding Maps
Rare first edition of this practical guide to shooting in the lower reaches of the Yangtze, intended primarily for the Shanghai expatriate community; ‘Even before Shanghai was opened by treaty, officers from the well-manned opium schooners lying at Woosung used to organise shooting parties...’. A comprehensive treatise, with 40 articles contributed by various authors, including chapters on Chinese methods of game-hunting, hunting districts, house-boats and their owners, cookery, vocabulary, field medicine, how to break in dogs, and ‘What to do in case of Trouble with the Natives’.

With illustrated lithographic title page by G. E. Burgoyne, three folding maps, six charming woodblock illustrations, and three in-text diagrams. In publisher’s original deluxe cloth.

A foreign sportsman is usually fully equipped with a fowling-piece with the latest improvements, the newest and best ammunition and a good dog...... the Chinaman takes the field clad in straw sandals and the poorest of clothes and uses a common, roughly made gingal [the large Chinese matchlock], inferior native powder, and shot of unequal sizes. If comparison be made of the results attained by the two shooters.... the palm must be given to the latter, who use their inferior matchlocks with singular dexterity and precision.’  
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The Traveller in Asia - Priscilla Wakefield

1817 - Darton, London - First Edition
This lovely little book is the final title of Priscilla Wakefield’s fictional travel series, for the purpose of educating children, and based upon the narrative of Arthur Middleton. Illustrated with a colour folding map.

‘In the book Arthur Middleton travels around India and visits China with his impressions and experiences recorded in a journal format. He makes an acquaintance with a Mr Melville who accompanies him on part of the journey and asks Arthur to take charge of his nephew Charles Melville who is fourteen. Arthur and his new companion Charles continue the journey and Priscilla begins to include into the text letters from Charles to his sister Adele. The visit to China at the end of the book is brief in comparison to the volume of information about India. At the end of the book Arthur returns Charles to his uncle and plans his return to England.’ -
Priscilla Wakefield., Travels in Juvenile Literature (Blog). 
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