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Japan and China - History, Arts and Literature - F. Brinkley

1910 - J. B. Millet Company, Boston and Tokyo
A complete twelve volume set of this popular illustrated series, which offers a comprehensive overview of Japan and China. Covering a wide range of topics including their history, government, art, religion, trade, commerce, international relations and institutions, together with detailed appendices and indices.

Illustrated with twelve colour frontispieces, large folding colour map of Asia, fifty photographic plates (26 tinted, 34 monochrome) each with tissue guard, and sixteen pages of silver and ceramic marks.

Bound in the original publisher’s decorated cream vellum paper spines over brown paper covered boards, and titles pages decorated in colour.
 
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The China Pilot. Part 1. East Coast from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Chiefly from the Surveys of Captain Collinson, R.N., C.B. edited by Robert Loney - together with - Large Folio atlas containing 25 large double-page Admiralty Charts - Captain Richard Collinson, Robert Loney

1855 - Published by order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, Printed for the Hydrographic Office - First Edition, Charts as Detailed
The China Pilot contains sailing directions for the East Coast of China from Hong Kong to Shanghai, including the Meiaco-sima, Loochoo, and the islands to the north-east of them. The work was originally drawn up by Captain Collinson, C.B. from surveys of that coast made by himself, Captain Kellett, C.B. and Lieutenants Bate and Gordon, R.N., between the years 1841-5, and the appendix from surveys of Captain F.W. Beechey, Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., Rear Admiral Cecille, and the officers of the French Corvette La Sabine, and the United States Japanese Expedition, 1851-3.

Together with a large folio atlas containing 25 charts (ten are double page), published between 1840 and 1860. Of which 22 are British Admiralty charts including those of the First Survey of the China Coast by Collinson and Kellett. The remaining three are French Charts.
 
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Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island - Captain Basil Hall, H. J. Clifford

1818 - John Murray, London - First Edition
A fine full margined copy, with nine aquatint plates by William Havell, all but one hand-coloured, five engraved maps, including two folding, and an engraved plate of ‘Wollaston’s Dip Sector’ instrument.

‘This expedition took Lord Amherst's embassy to China and explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryukyu Archipelago. Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until this 1816-7 expedition of the
Alceste and Lyra, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukus. On the homeward passage, the Alceste was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra. Captain Hall served in the Royal Navy from 1802-23 and achieved the rank of post-captain. He saw extensive duty on the Pacific coast of America, and continued his travels as a private citizen. He wrote many other books about his travels and experiences.’ - Hill. 
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China and Japan, and A Voyage Thither; an Account of a Cruise in the Waters of the East Indies, China, and Japan - James B. Lawrence USMC

1870 - Case, Hartford - First American Edition
A scarce work in the form of letters covering Lawrence’s service in the marine corps on the US Steamer Wachuset, sailing from Boston in 1865 through the West Indies, via South America, the Cape and up to Java, arriving in Hong Kong to join the Asiatic Squadron in March 1866. The majority of this work covers his two years service mostly in China, with a short description of Japan of about 50 pages. Lawrence later served as a surgeon in the Army.

Very personal and interesting observations of the people, places and happenings throughout his tour. With nine full page illustrations.
 
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The Treaty Ports of China and Japan. A Complete Guide to the Open Ports of Those Countries, Together with Peking, Yedo, Hongkong and Macao. Forming a Guide Book & Vade Mecum for Travellers, Merchants, and Residents in General. - Wm. Fred. Mayers, N.B. Dennys, Chas King.

1867 - Trübner & Co. / A. Shortrede and Co., London / Hong Kong - First and only edition
As trade between the East and the West grew in the mid-nineteenth century, increasing numbers of Westerners travelled to China and Japan, and in 1867 this guide to the key port cities such as Hong Kong and Nagasaki was published in both Hong Kong and London. Its editor, Nicholas Belfield Dennys (1813-1899) claimed it was the first such comprehensive handbook printed for public distribution. Intended for visitors and new residents, the guide was originally typeset in China, allowing place names and other words to be printed in Chinese characters.

The book includes physical descriptions and brief histories of twenty three Chinese cities and six Japanese cities, details of schools and libraries, population statistics and much practical information, as well as a list of other publications on China and Japan. Published shortly after the major expansion in Treaty Ports effected by the Second Opium War in China (1858 -1860) and the Harris Treaty in Japan (1858).

A complete copy of this rare guide book, a fascinating and detailed study of 23 ports in China and 6 in Japan, The 28 fragile and specially commissioned maps, engraved in China, 27 of which are printed in red, are almost invariably missing from the few copies which turn up. In addition to the invaluable maps, the book is a mine of information on every imaginable facet of China. It is also one of the best early sources of information on Hong Kong.
 
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Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat - Edmund Roberts

1837 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition
Important account of an early American embassy to the east. Roberts was appointed as special agent of the United States to negotiate treaties with Muscat, Siam, Cochin China and Japan, which he set out to do in 1832 with the ship Peacock and the schooner Boxer.

Includes about 120 pages describing the culture and business practices of China.
 
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The Battles Between Japan and China [Nisshin Senso Emaki] - Volume VII : The Yellow Sea [Koukai no Maki] - Kason [Kwasson] Suzuni [Suzuki], Soutarou Suzuki [editor]

1895 - Shun-Yo-Do, No.5
A near fine scarce copy. Volume VII of a fifteen volume set issued serially as The Battles Between Japan and China [Nisshin Senso Emaki].

Ten sections, dramatically illustrated in colour from woodblock with twelve single page plates, and three double page plates, in Japanese style publisher’s original colour illustrated wraps.

With a summary in English (3 pages), and text in Japanese (13 pages), followed by the illustrations.

The series was published from January 1895 to June 1896, illustrated by Kason Suzuki and Reisei Chizuka, edited by Soutarou Suzuki, and published by Shunyodo Atsutaro Wada.
 
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Personal Narrative of a Voyage to Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, Tartary, and Various Parts of the Coast of China - J. M. Tronson R.N.

1859 - Smith, London - First Edition
A handsomely bound first edition of British officer J.M. Tronson’s informative and detailed account of his voyage to Japan, together with extensive chapters on Hong Kong, Siberia, Shanghai, Korea, and various parts of the coast of China.

Tronson accompanied Sir Frederick Henry Stirling’s 1854-6 expedition, during which Stirling negotiated the first trade treaty between Britain and Japan, in Nagasaki. This was a time of great upheaval in Japan as the country had only recently been opened to the West.

Illustrated with 5 folding maps, 8 full page engraved plates including frontispiece, and a number of other engraved vignettes in the text.
 
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