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.
  The 28 folding maps include: Hongkong Island; Plan of Victoria, H.kong; Canton; Macao; Swatow; Amoy; Foochow; Formosa; Takao and Taiwanfoo; Fort Zelandia; Ningpo; Plan of Shanghai; British Settlement Shanghai; Yang-tz'Kiang; Peking; etc. The appendices include the P. & O. Steamship Companies Tables, the Messageries Imperiales Tables, the Pacific Mail Steamship Co's Tables, and Alfred Holt's Line of Steamers from Liverpool to China.

One fold-out illustration ‘
Japanese Coinage’ and one page ‘Reference to Map of Peking’ complete as called for.

pp. [2] viii [2] 668 [2] xlviii [1 Appendix B] [5].
  In recent full green calf, titled in gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: A very good copy in fine binding. All maps and many of the text pages have been professionally silked, archival repair to 2cm hole on title page and first blank at rear. Small library stamp to verso of each map.   Ref: 104605   Price: HK$ 45,000