The Naturalist in Manchuria - Arthur de Carle Sowerby 1922 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition China-born Arthur Sowerby began his career as a naturalist by collecting specimens for the Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, he was appointed to the staff of the Anglo-Chinese College at Tientsin as lecturer and curator of its Natural History Museum. In 1908, he joined American millionaire Robert Sterling Clark on an expedition into Shansi and Kansu provinces of north China for the Smithsonian Institute. This began a long association with Clark, who financed four expeditions into Manchuria from 1913 to 1915, during which Sowerby gathered new facts and made original observations on ‘every type of country-wide and fertile plains, heavy coniferous forests, or lighter woods of deciduous trees, low, grassy hills, or high, rocky peaks, reeking swamps, the valleys of great rolling rivers, or lesser stream-cut ravines’.

Five volumes bound in three, titled:
Travel and Exploration; Mammals; Birds; The cold-blooded Vertebrates and Tunicates of the Manchurian Region; and The Invertebrates and Flora of the Manchurian Region.

A remarkably clean set, profusely illustrated with three tipped-in colour plates, three folding maps, 127 black and white photographic illustrations on 79 plates, 38 black and white sketches on 9 plates, a folding black & white line drawing, and numerous in-text sketches and diagrams.
  Provenance: Volumes I to III - Edward Allen Poole with his bookplates to front, and blind stamp to title pages (and to page 59 of Volumes I &II). Volumes IV-V - Dwight Edwards with his name to front.

References: Cordier BS 4283. Czech,
Asian Big Game Hunting Books 196.
Five volumes bound in three 4to. pp. xiv 347; xxvii 191; xx 358; [xviii] 321; [xii] 250.

Collation 17/9/2015
Vol. I. 50 illustrations on Frontis+31 plates (47 black and white photographic illustrations on 29 plates, 3 tipped-in colour plates (two of scenery and one of the Siberian Slipper Orchid - on frontis, p78, p150). Plus a folding black & white plate of line drawing with own text leaf (opposite page 288, but not in List of Illustrations). Plus large folding map to rear.

Vol. II. 16 black and white illustrations on frontis+8 plates (16 black and white photographic illustrations on 9 plates)
Vol. III. 17 black and white illustrations on frontis+7 plates. (17 black and white photographic illustrations on 8 plates). Plus large folding map to rear.

Vol. IV. 38 black and white illustrations on Frontis + 26 plates (31 black and white photographic illustrations on 24 plates, 7 black and white sketches on 3 plates). Plus folding map opposite page 48.
Vol. V. 47 black and white illustrations on 15 plates (16 black and white photographic illustrations on 9 plates, 31 black and white sketches on 6 plates).
  Condition: Very good to near fine, rubbing to spine titles of Volume II/III, volume IV/V with two puncture marks to the front boards caused by a sharp object, hinges weak, interiors remarkably clean, with one or two spots, and foxing to tissue guards in some volumes. Rubbing to spine of Volume II/III   Ref: 105607   Price: HK$ 32,000