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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If I Die in A Combat Zone, Box Me Up & Ship Me Home - Tim O’Brien

1973 - Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition
Signed and inscribed by O’Brien to author Hilma Wolitzer on the half-title.

To Hilma, Whose wit and intelligence, not to mention sex appeal, continues to inspire / Tim.”

A unique and fine first edition. Tim O’Brien was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam on April 5, 1969, to serve with the Third Platoon, Company A, Fifth Battalion, Forty-Sixth Infantry Division.

‘O'Brien's autobiographical account of his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. His first book and a classic on the Vietnam War’, in which he ‘brilliantly and quietly evokes the foot soldier's daily life in the paddies and foxholes, evokes a blind, blundering war... Tim O'Brien writes with the care and eloquence of someone for whom communication is still a vital possibility... A personal document of aching clarity... A beautiful, painful book.’ -
The New York Times Book Review. 
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Price HK$ 27,000



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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An Authentic Account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China - Sir George Staunton, Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower

1797 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G, London - First Edition
A clean and exquisitely bound set of this cornerstone of Chine related travel literature, together with the magnificent Elephant Folio Atlas showing forty-four engraved maps and plates (mainly after Alexander), of which two are folding and six are double-page.

‘An account of the first British embassy to China, under Lord Macartney. Great Britain was anxious to establish formal diplomatic relations with China and thus open the way for unimpeded trade relations, but centuries of Chinese reserve and self-sufficiency presented a formidable obstacle to the embassy, and the Chinese emperor effectually resisted Lord Macartney’s arguments and gifts. The visit of the British embassy nonetheless resulted in this remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs at the close of the eighteenth century’ -
The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. 
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Dog Soldiers - SIGNED - Robert Stone

1974 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
‘…a dark descendent of Conrad’s and Hemingway’s adventure stories…a tale of Vietnam and California…’ – The New York Times

Fine copy of the first edition, signed by Robert Stone on title page.

A narrative meditation on American counterculture, Stone’s novel follows confused and traumatised Vietnam War correspondent John Converse as he attempts to smuggle three kilos of heroin back to California, embroiling his wife, Marge, and ex-Marine corps friend Hicks in the process, only to watch his dangerous plan violently unravel.
 
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Price HK$ 2,000