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  • IU-KIAO-LI; or, The Two Fair Cousins. A Chinese novel. From the French of M. Abel-Remusat by ABEL-REMUSAT, Jean-Pierre, translator
    ABEL-REMUSAT, Jean-Pierre, translator
    IU-KIAO-LI; or, The Two Fair Cousins. A Chinese novel. From the French of M. Abel-Remusat

    Edition: First edition in English

    London: Hunt & Clarke, 1827. Two volumes, 17.5 cm. Bound in half calf and marbled boards, sprinkled page edges, spine with maroon labels, gilt decoration. Armorial bookplates of Fitzherbert-Macdonald. Rubbing and scuffing to joints and corners neatly touched up; 1859 ink owner names; moderate foxing early and late; rubbing to the boards; else a VG pair, hinges not cracked, tight in the binding, text fine but for the foxing. >>>First published in French under the title Iu-kiao-li, ou, Les deux cousines: roman Chinois, 1826, making this one of the earliest examples of Chinese literature translated for Western readers. The original text, today more correctly transliterated as Yu Jiao Li, dates from the early 17th century and is typical of…

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    London: Hunt & Clarke, 1827. Two volumes, 17.5 cm. Bound in half calf and marbled boards, sprinkled page edges, spine with maroon labels, gilt decoration. Armorial bookplates of Fitzherbert-Macdonald. Rubbing and scuffing to joints and corners neatly touched up; 1859 ink owner names; moderate foxing early and late; rubbing to the boards; else a VG pair, hinges not cracked, tight in the binding, text fine but for the foxing. >>>First published in French under the title Iu-kiao-li, ou, Les deux cousines: roman Chinois, 1826, making this one of the earliest examples of Chinese literature translated for Western readers. The original text, today more correctly transliterated as Yu Jiao Li, dates from the early 17th century and is typical of romances of the late Ming and early Qing period. The original translator, Jean-Pierre Abel-Rémusat, 1788-1832, trained for a career in medicine but instead pursued Chinese studies while researching traditional Chinese medicine. He taught himself to read Mandarin and became the first Chair of Sinology at the Collège de France in Paris, where did much to popularize Chinese culture. This edition includes (mostly) his original Preface which is a brief account of the merits and peculiarities of Chinese fiction. Not in Sadleir; Wolff 7497 (noting that some people thought this publication was a hoax). The name of the English translator is not known. Fitzherbert Macdonald was a solicitor who was the Registrar of Salisbury from at least 1851 to 1859.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 47069
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  • INGRAHAM, Joseph (Mark D. Kaplanoff, editor, notes, and introduction)
    JOURNAL OF THE BIGANTINE HOPE ON A VOYAGE TO THENORTHWEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA 1790-92. Illustrated with Charts and Drawings by the Author

    Edition: First of this edition

    Barre, MA: Imprint Society, 1971. Quarter bound in mustard cloth with paper spine label and grey boards illustrated in green and gold on front cover. pp [4], (xxx), (250) + 10 double-sided plates. Very nearly fine, no owner names, lacking slipcase. Falkland Islands, around the Horn, Marquesas, Sandwich Islands, China, Nootka Sound, crusing the Northwest Coast. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 25959
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  • KAI LUNG UNROLLS HIS MAT by BRAMAH, Ernest
    BRAMAH, Ernest
    KAI LUNG UNROLLS HIS MAT

    Edition: First US printing

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928. Octavo, blue cloth spine with paper label and pictorial boards boldly illustrated in colour. Light rubbing to edges of boards; a VG bright, tight jacketless copy otherwise, no previous owner names. The third Kai Lung book. Not actually crime fiction.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 12626
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  • LESLIE, Edwin
    KNIGHTS WHO FOUGHT THE DRAGON

    Edition: First Canadian edition.

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1906. Variant in blue non-pictorial wrappers with cover imprint of The Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, Toronto. pp 297. Spine tanned, covers a bit faded, Sunday school rubber stamp on half-title page, yellowing to page edges, VG+ otherwise. A novel of Canadian missionaries in China. Watters p. 328.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51293
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  • REICHER-SGRADI, R. (Reuben)
    LA CHINE: l’empire au milliard de sujets. Tome I [all published]

    Edition: First Dutch edition

    No place (Paris): Jérôme Martineau, 1967. pp [2], (408). Double page map at rear. Rebound in full crimson morocco, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, bound- in ribbon marker. A fine copy. No further volumes were published.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50656
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  • GIBBS, Philip
    LADY OF THE YELLOW RIVER.

    Edition: First Canadian edition

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1954. Yellow cloth. Bit of darkening to front gutter, else fine, no names. Red dust jacket has nicks and a little rubbing to spine tips; short tears to rear panel; VG and bright. A novel set in China.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 15585
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  • SCOTT, Munroe
    McCLURE: the China Years of Dr. Bob McClure

    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: Canec, 1977. Octavo, brown boards, endpaper maps. pp x, 409, [3]. Chronology. Fine in lightly used VG jacket. Signed by McClure as "Robert B. McClure". Biography of this Canadian medical missionary to China 1900-49. Pioneerin in X-ray, radium, family planning, and rural medicine, during the Sino-Japanese War he was Field Director for the International Red Cross in North and Central China before going to the Burma Road to take command of a Quaker amulance unit staffed by pacifists. While McClure is following the dictates of his conscience Chinese Nationalist soldiers attempt to execute him, the Japanese put a price on his head, the Chinese Communists black-list him, and Canada's Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, threatens to throw him in…

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    Toronto: Canec, 1977. Octavo, brown boards, endpaper maps. pp x, 409, [3]. Chronology. Fine in lightly used VG jacket. Signed by McClure as "Robert B. McClure". Biography of this Canadian medical missionary to China 1900-49. Pioneerin in X-ray, radium, family planning, and rural medicine, during the Sino-Japanese War he was Field Director for the International Red Cross in North and Central China before going to the Burma Road to take command of a Quaker amulance unit staffed by pacifists. While McClure is following the dictates of his conscience Chinese Nationalist soldiers attempt to execute him, the Japanese put a price on his head, the Chinese Communists black-list him, and Canada's Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, threatens to throw him in gaol. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 45734
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  • GAO XINGJIAN
    ONE MAN'S BIBLE. A Novel. Translated from the Chinese by Mabel Lee (ARC)

    Edition: First American edition

    New York: HarperCollins (Harper Collins), 2002. ADVANCE READING COPY. Octavo, 450 pp. Glossy pictorial card covers. Fine copy. "From the Nobel Prize-winning author of SOUL MOUNTAIN comes a deeply moving and surprisingly candid novel about one man's experience of China's Cultural Revolution - offering readers a profound meditation on the essence of writing, on exile, and on the effects of political oppression on the human psyche." - rear cover.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 15981
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  • ORIENTALS IN CANADA: the story of the work of the United Church of Canada with Asiatics in Canada

    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: oard of Home Missions of the United Church of Canada, 1929. The paper issue in grey card covers, endpaper maps. pp [2], xiv, 222, [2] + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 7 double-sided plates. Spine faintly yellowed; a fine copy. Chinese, Japanese, and East Indian immigrants in Canada, all in need of Christianity, obviously. Size: Small octavo.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 45303
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  • VAN GULIK, Robert
    POETS AND MURDER. A Chinese Detective Story. With Eight Illustrations by the Author in Chinese Style.

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Scribner's, 1972. Cloth & boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. "A Chinese Detective Story", the last full-length Judge Dee novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41602
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  • CHENG, F.T.
    REFLECTIONS AT EIGHTY

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Luzon, 1966. Octavo, pale grey boards. pp x, 77 + frontispiece portrait and plates at rear. Errata slip tipped in. Small light tan spot on rear cover, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has a small brown spot on rear panel and very lightly yellowed spine, else fine. Cheng was a great authority on Confucianism, a justice for the UN, and the Ambassador of the Republic of China to the United Kingdom. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Book: Near Fine, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 40999
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  • SCRIBNER’S Magazine Vol. LXXXI, No. 1, January 1927

    New York: Scribner's, 1927. Small quarto, illustrated paper covers. Nicks and creases to yapp edges of covers, else fine. Contains “The Young Cowboy” a story, with his illustrations, by Will James. Also “Captured by Chinese Bandits”, an article by Thomas Jeffries Betts, Capt., U.S. Army, which involves opium use.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 32771
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  • HUC, (M.) [Evariste Regis Huc, 1813-60].
    SOUVENIRS D'UN VOYAGE DANS LA TARTARIE, LE THIBET ET LA CHINE Pendant les annees 1844, 1845 et 1846. Deuxième édition

    Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1853. Second edition. Two volumes, 12mo. pp 440; (iv), 318. Folding map at front of volume I. Half titles present. Bound in contemporary (publishers?) full marbled sheep, spines with two red labels and gilt decoration, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers. Shallow chips at spine ends; some rubbing and a bit of peeling to the patterned surface; cracked joints of volume II neatly repaired; ink owner name in top margin of each title page; 8 cm closed tear to right hand side of map neatly repaired on blank side with clear archival paper tape (no paper loss); bit of flaking to gilt spine ornamentation; cracked inner hinges skillfully repaired with rice paper; else a VG pair,…

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    Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1853. Second edition. Two volumes, 12mo. pp 440; (iv), 318. Folding map at front of volume I. Half titles present. Bound in contemporary (publishers?) full marbled sheep, spines with two red labels and gilt decoration, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers. Shallow chips at spine ends; some rubbing and a bit of peeling to the patterned surface; cracked joints of volume II neatly repaired; ink owner name in top margin of each title page; 8 cm closed tear to right hand side of map neatly repaired on blank side with clear archival paper tape (no paper loss); bit of flaking to gilt spine ornamentation; cracked inner hinges skillfully repaired with rice paper; else a VG pair, sound in the bindings; text quite clean and unworn. Huc was a French Lazarist missionary who went out to China in 1839. He stayed in Macao 18 months, then made his way to Peking and eventually to He Shuy, just inside the Mogolian border, where he devoted himself to learning the language and customs of the Tartars. At the urging of the vicar apostolic of Mongolia, he set out on an expedition to Tibet in 1844. After much suffering and crossing the punishing Ordos Desert, his party reached the Tibet border in Jan., 1845, where he stayed for a few months at the famous Kunbum Lamasery where he studied Tibetan and Buddhism. The party eventually reached Lhasa 19 Jan., 1846, but Chinese authorities ordered him to Canton in Oct., 1846, where he remained for nearly 3 years before returning to Europe in shattered health in 1852. The present book was famous in its day and was translated into English by William Hazlitt in 1851. "[Huc's] works are written in a lucid, racy, picturesque style, which secured for them an unusual degree of popularity. The SOUVENIRS is a narrative of a remarkable feat of travel, and contains passages of so singular a character as in the absence of corroborative testimony to stir up a feeling of incredulity. That Huc was suspected unjustly was amply proved by later research. But he was by no means a practical geographer, and the record of his travels loses greatly in value from the want of precise scientific data." - EB, 11th edition. This second edition was re-set, but with few textual changes from the 1850 first edition.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 44115
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  • CLIFT, Charmian and George Johnston
    THE BIG CHARIOT

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1953. Red cloth, endpaper maps. Yellowing to page edges, else fine and bright, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has nicks and rubbing at spine ends, small tear to front panel, VG otherwise. An historical novel about the fall of China's Ming Dynasty n 1643.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 39996
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  • Holdstock, Pauline
    The Blackbird's Song

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1987. Cream boards. Fine in fine jacket. Review copy for William French with slip laid in. Author's first novel, set against the Boxer Rebellion in China.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49250
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  • PURCEL, Victor
    THE BOXER UPRISING: a study

    Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1963. Second printing. Green cloth. pp xiv, 349. Index, bibliography, map. Two ink names at front, spine sunned to tan, else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 44488
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  • BEDFORD-JONES, H., translator
    THE BREEZE IN THE MOONLIGHT. "The Second Book of Genius". Translated from the Chinese by George Soulie de Morant and Done Into English by H. Bedford-Jones.

    Edition: First edition of this translation

    New York: Putnam, 1926. Octavo. Blue linen grain pictorial cloth stamped in silver (also noted in blue ribbed cloth stamped in black and in orange cloth). Blue topstain. Green on cream pictorial endpapers. xviii, 371, (3) pp. Illustrations in text. In addition to the translation, Bedford-Jones adds a 3 page postscript to the Soulie de Morant preface. Ink name and two rubber stamps to front endpapers; rubber stamp to verso of front free endpaper; hairline crack to front inner hinge neatly reglued; VG otherwise. A scarce edition. Watters p. 245. One of the most famous novels of China, written toward the end of the 14th century by an author who used the pen name Ming-tsiao Chong-jen.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 5483
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  • TANG, Marcos C.O.
    THE DR. MARCOS C.O. TANG COLLECTION OF CHINESE SNUFF BOXES

    Edition: First Edition

    Hong Kong: Han Mo Xuan Company, 1991. Large quarto, black cloth. pp (256). Colour reproductions. Text in Chinese and English. Fine in VG, lightly rubbed, dust jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 41936
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  • PACKARD, Frank L.
    THE DRAGON'S JAWS. A Million-Dollar Ransom in Diamonds.

    Edition: First printing

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday / Crime Club, 1937. Orange cloth, spine stamped in black, top edges orange, cream endpapers. [2], (viii), 310 pp. Soft crease at head of spine, light browning to inner margins of endpapers, else a VG, jacketless copy, no owner names. A tale of intrigue set in China, featuring "the evil, mysterious Lan Chao-tao, a Chinese star bandit whom few have ever seen but whose appalling activities have spreak octopuslike throughout the world."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 21529
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  • COLEMAN, Frederic
    THE FAR EAST UNVEILED. An Inner History of Events in Japan and China in the Year 1916.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Cassell, 1918. Dark green cloth. (xiv), 304 pp, index. Bit of wear to tips of bit darkened spine and to outer corners of covers; text paper lightly yellowed; pencil owner name; a VG, tight copy otherwise.

    Condition: Book: Very Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 20153
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