London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1926. Second edition. Octavo, original blind blocked green cloth (rubbed and worn), in the scarce dust jacket (loss at corners, vertical creases to front panel and spine), front pastedown with original owner’s inscription and laters owner’s ex libris, edges uncut, pp. 331, illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographic plates (several with tape …
London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1927. First edition, first printing. Original blind blocked green cloth boards lettered in black (rubbed), front paste-down with later ex libris, frontispiece with photographic portraits of Terry expedition members; pp. 356, numerous black-and-white photographic plates, 1 folding map; edges with mild foxing; otherwise a near fine copy of the scarce …
PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804
Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.
Rare set of the regular account of the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes, the text volumes in publisher’s wrappers, with the plates presented in both coloured and uncoloured states. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte …
[KHUBILAI KHAN, Emperor Chih-yüan]
China, Yüan dynasty, reign of Khubilai Khan, circa 1287 C.E.. Stone, 210 x 135 x 22 mm, top edges bevelled (three sections skilfully rejoined); housed in a custom made cloth box lined with lambswool. An extraordinary item of early printing history that pre-dates by a century the earliest known instance of printing in the West, …
[EMPEROR ZHU YUANZHANG (MING TAIZU), 1328-1398]
[China : c.1375]. Printed during the reign (1368-1398) of the first Ming emperor, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (Ming Taizu), a paper note with the original cash value of a string of 1,000 copper coins, or 1 kuan. Woodblock printed in black ink on a sheet of grey mulberry paper, 340 x 220 mm; recto with the Chinese characters …
Ricci, Matteo, 1552-1610; Trigault, Nicolas (translator), 1577-1628
De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Ricii eiusdem societatis comentariis, libri V … in quibus Sinensis regni mores leges atque instituta et novæ illius Ecclesiæ difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigautio Belga ex eadem societate.
Augustae Vind. [Augsburg] : Apud Christoph. Mangium, 1615. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title along lower edge; engraved title page by Jacques de Fornazeris, incorporating a map of China flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci; folding plan of the villa in Peking, converted into a chapel, showing …
TOURNON, Charles-Thomas (Carlo Tommaso) Maillard de (1668-1710); THOMAS, Antoine (1644-1709)
[MANUSCRIPTS] Copy of a report by Cardinal Maillard de Tournon sent from Macau to the Propaganda Fide, 1705; [together with] Supplicatio facta Imperatori, being a copy of a document relating to Tournon’s imprisonment at Macau, by Antoine Thomas and others 
Small quarto, recent marbled papered boards with gilt lettered and decorated morocco label to upper board; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; manuscript in ink on wove paper with anchor watermark; pp [2 blank], [5 Report of Tournon], [4 Supplicatio facta Imperatori], [1 blank]; both documents are written in the same neat secretarial …
Nicetto, Juan Bautista; Fortet, Pierre Paulle (translator)
[MANUSCRIPT] Briefue Relacion de ce qu’il y a de plus remarquable dans la grande Chine, envoyée par le R.R.P.P. Jean Baptiste Nicetto Missionaire Apostolique dans ce grand Empire, & traduitte fort fidelement de l’Espagnol en langue française.
[Mexico, 1708]. Small quarto, old marbled papered boards; ex libris of Florencio Gavito to front pastedown; manuscript in ink in a neat contemporary hand, pp 13; colophon at the foot of the last page: ‘In Mexico, this 20th November 1708. Most faithfully translated by Pierre Paulle Fortet, currently in this city, capital of the Kingdom of New …
Castro, Felix Leal de (pseud.?)
Portugal en la Ciudad de Macao. Hiang Xan [Heungshan] : [s.n.], [1712?]. Small quarto, plain wrappers with manuscript title (detached and with early repair); title page; pp 49; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; housed in a folding clamshell box …
Stumpf, Kilian, 1655-1720
Informatio Pro Veritate Contra iniquiorem famam sparsam per Sinas cum Calumnia in PP. Soc. Jesu, & Detrimento Missionis. Com̃unicata Missionariis In Imperio Sinensi. Anno 1717.
[Peking] : [Society of Jesus], 1717 [i.e. 1718]. Small folio, early plain wrappers (stained and detached); title leaf, ff 94; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; f. 39 folded inside-out, presenting the text in reverse; pale staining to first and …
Tavares de Velles Guerreiro, João, active 1718
Deos de Macao na China, fes de Goa athe chegar a ditta cide. : divida em duas partes. [Macau] : [s.n.], . Folio, near contemporary calf, rebacked; Chinese patterned paper wrappers; title page with contemporary inscription to bottom margin, a name roughly erased and paper restored; pp 185, [blank]; printed xylographically on one side of …
Chinese merchants sue the French East India Company to recover a loan: an important archive of three documents, all relating to the efforts of a member of the Canton cohong, named Quoyqua, to recover money lent to commissary agents of the French East India Company. The funds had been invested in cargo aboard the FEIC ship …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
London : Printed for Black and Parry … by C. Stower, 1812. First edition. Octavo, later half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine with earlier gilt lettered backstrip laid down; pp vi, [1 contents], 71; first page with contemporary annotation in Chinese characters in red ink; a fine copy. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and East India …
DAVIS, John Francis (1795-1890) and MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
San-Yu-Low: or the Three Dedicated Rooms. A tale, translated from the Chinese. [bound following] Translations from the Original Chinese, with notes.
Canton [but Macau], China : Printed by order of the Select Committee; at the Honourable East India Company’s Press, by P. P. Thoms, 1815. Two volumes in one, octavo; stitched together, contemporary plain yellow rear wrapper (upper wrapper lacking); [Translations:] pp ,42 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; [San-Yu-Low:] pp , 56; signature B in the second …
MORRISON, Robert (1732-1834)
Serampore : Printed at the Mission Press, 1815. Quarto, original cloth backed grey papered boards (cloth split at front hinge, cords firm), spine with printed paper label (chipped); front pastedown with armorial bookplates of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana and William Taylor Money; pp vi, , 280, uncut; clean throughout, a highly desirable copy in original binding, …
An Anglochinese calendar for the year 1845 : corresponding to the year of the Chinese cycle aera 4482, or the 42nd year of the 75th cycle of sixty : being the 25th year of the reign of Ta’Ukwang.
Victoria, Hongkong : Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, by J. Dos Anjos Xavier, 1845. Octavo, recent papered boards with gilt lettered calf title label to front, original printed yellow wrappers bound in, upper wrapper remargined and with early ownership inscription, lower wrapper with small restoration at bottom corner; pp 35, text in …
Sentença proferida sobre a preza do navio Portuguez D. Manoel de Portugal e Castro, aprezado na rada de Macao aos 9 de Abril de 1836. Com traducçao em inglez.
Canton : Na typographia do Canton Register, 1836. Octavo, contemporary black cloth boards, front free-endpaper with early inscription and wet stamps indicating the book was presented to J. F. Marques Pereira by Celestino de Menezes, title with stamp of de Menezes, pp ii, 1-28 (Portuguese text), 1-28 (English translation); a very good copy, housed in …
HUC, Évariste Régis, Abbé (1813-1860)
Manuscript letter written by Abbé Huc, sent from Macau in November 1846, addressed to his parents in Toulouse and reporting on his just-completed epic journey through Tartary and Tibet.
Macao, 1er. Novembre 1846. Entire letter, manuscript in ink on a single folio sheet of Chinese paper, folded to form 4 pages, written on 3½ pages; the panel on the outer side addressed to ‘Monsieur Huc, Rue Pargaminières 73, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne’, circular postal markings in black ‘Paris 8 Janv. 47’ and ‘Toulouse 11 Janv. 47’; …
THOM, Robert (1807-1846)
The Chinese speaker; or extracts from works written in the Mandarin Language, as spoken at Peking. Compiled for the use of students, by Robert Thom, Esq. H. M. Consul at Ningpo. Part 1.
Ningpo : Presbyterian Mission Press, 1846. First edition. Octavo, modern quarter calf over cloth boards, spine with contrasting labels lettered in gilt, ff  title pages in English and Chinese, , , printed from woodblocks on rice paper on double leaves, oriental style; parallel text with romanized transliteration and Chinese characters on facing pages; bottom …
Macao : na Typographica Armenia, 1844. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards, spine with contrasting label lettered in gilt; title page with early ownership inscription, pp  in Portuguese,  in English (the translation omits ‘Edital’ on p. 1, and the figures in the columns ‘Unidade, ‘Valores’, ‘Direitos de entrada’); browning to first …
WILLIAMS, Samuel Wells (1812-1884)
Macao : Printed at the office of the Chinese Repository, 1844. First edition. Octavo, original cloth backed printed papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn), spine with original printed label (some loss to label, cloth stained), fore- and bottom edges speckled blue, marbled endpapers, first blank with early ownership inscription of John Francis Davis, Governor of Hong …
MEDHURST, Walter Henry (1796-1857)
A dictionary of the Hok-Keen dialect of the Chinese language, according to the reading and colloquial idioms: containing about 12,000 characters, the sounds and tones of which are accurately marked; – and various examples of their use, taken generally from approved Chinese authors. Accompanied by a short historical and statistical account of Hok-Keen; a treatise on the orthography of the Hok-Keen dialect; the necessary indexes, &c. by W.H. Medhurst, Batavia.
Macao : printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, 1832 [but 1837]. Quarto, contemporary marbled boards rebacked in calf, spine with gilt lettering, bands and florets; front free-endpaper with old wet stamp of the London Missionary Society and ‘Duplicate’ in pencil, pp lxiv, 860; text in Chinese characters and roman type in two columns; title …
THOMS, Peter Perring
[Hua Jian] Chinese Courtship. In Verse. To which is added, an Appendix, Treating of the Revenue of China, &c. &c.
London : Published by Parbury, Allen, and Kingsbury ; Macao, China : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, 1824. Octavo, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt rule and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; early bookseller’s label of W. White, Piccadilly, to front pastedown; printed on Chinese paper; …
DAVIS, John Francis (1795 - 1890)
Poeseos sinensis commentarii. On the poetry of the Chinese, (from the Royal Asiatic Translations) to which are added, translations & detached pieces
Macao : printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1834. Octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, bookplate for W. W. Rockhill to front pastedown, pp [viii]; 199; a fine copy. Text in English, Chinese and Latin. First published in London in …
CALLERY, J[ospeh] M[arie]
Macao : s.n., 1841. Two volumes, octavo, quarter crushed morocco over marbled papered boards (edges rubbed), spine with contrasting morocco title labels, marbled endpapers, the original printed wrappers bound in on stubs, inscribed ‘Jules Stier, Canton 1843 – 1844); Vol. I : title page (in Latin); title page (in Chinese); list of subscribers (a couple …
[China, circa 1850]. Manuscript calligraphy in Chinese characters in black and red ink on silk, 420 x 370mm (irregular); arranged in vertical columns, surrounded by a narrow border; a well preserved example, with minor restoration in places. The so-called “cheat’s handkerchief” was used as an aid by students undertaking civil service examinations under the keju …
[MORRISON, John Robert (1814-1843)]
A companion to the Anglochinese kalendar; for the year of our lord 1832: corresponding to the Alexandrian year of the world 7334; and the Chinese cycle aera 4469; being the xiith year of the reign of Taoukwang.
Macao : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1832. Octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (corners worn), spine with gilt bands and lettering, front pastedown with armorial bookplate of James A. Banckerl, title page with his original ownership inscription in pencil ‘Jas. A. Banckerl, Canton’, …
Painted mother of pearl shell depicting a view of Shamian Island, Canton, showing the trading factories on the Pearl River prior to destruction by fire in 1856
[Canton : s.n., c.1850]. Pigments on nacre, 170 x 180 mm (irregular); scattered loss of pigment, but essentially a well preserved example; accompanied by a carved rosewood base. This finely detailed original work, made for the Chinese export market by a Cantonese artisan, is of significant historical interest as it depicts, at upper left, a section of …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Chinese dialogues; questions, and familiar sentences, literally rendered into English, with a view to promote commercial intercourse, and to assist beginners in the language.
Shanghae (Shangai) : Printed at the Mission Press, 1844. First edition. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn, backstrip lifting, front hinge cracked), front free-endpaper inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Curious China Expositor’ and with early owners’ names in ink and faint pencil (tear at fore-edge), pp viii, 782 …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1848. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp vi, 69; title page and last leaf lightly foxed; numerous contemporary annotations and underlinings in brown ink, presumably made by an early missionary as they show a familiarity with the Chinese language; …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Reply to the essay of Dr. Boone on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton : Press of S. Wells Williams, 1848. Octavo, recent half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 107, 23 [Correspondence on the version of the Chinese New Testament, now carrying forward at Shanghai]; a very good copy. A response by the English Congregationalist missionary and sinologist Walter Henry Medhurst to William Jones Boone’s important …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1850. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 168, [1 errata]; the last few leaves with expert paper repairs (no loss of text); else a good copy. William Jones Boone was Missionary Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The notions of the Chinese concerning God and Spirits: with an examination of the defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, into the Chinese language, by W.J. Boone …
Hongkong : Printed at the “Hongkong Register” Office, 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn), spine with its original printed paper title label; hinges cracked; front pastedown with early ownership inscription; pp iv, iii, 166; endpapers and preliminaries lightly foxed, occasional spotting, else a clean copy. A response to William Jones Boone’s Defense …
MEADOWS, Thomas Taylor (1815-1868)
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1849. Octavo, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp viii, 54, [48 texts in Manchu (Mongolian) script, block printed in the Chinese style]; facing title page, a title page in Chinese and Manchu printed on yellow paper (chipped at corners); leaves with browning and scattered foxing; …
SMITH, Bishop George
being a narrative of a mission of inquiry, to the Jewish synagogue at K’ae-Fung-Foo, on behalf of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews : with an introduction, by the Right Revd. George Smith, D.D. Lord Bishop of Victoria. Shanghae : printed at the London Missionary Society’s Press, 1851. Octavo, modern half-calf over …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Remarks on the signification of the Chinese character le E, elicited by Mr. P. P. Thoms’ attempt to shew that the Chinese do not call Europeans “Barbarians”
Hong Kong : Hong Kong Register Office, 1852. Octavo, pp. 15, contemporary yellow cloth binding, front cover with title in gilt on inlaid red morrocco panel; mildly foxed internally; otherwise a very good copy. Rare pamphlet on a Chinese linguistic controversy. A treatise by a prominent sinologist dispelling the commonly held notion that a Chinese …
DOTY, Elihu (1809-1864); [POHLMAN, William J.]
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1853. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; pp [1 blank], xii, iii, , 214, [1 blank]; first blank with original owner’s stamp in Chinese characters and ownership signature in ink in romanized script ‘Mo-ah’ (small marginal repair); …
BONNEY, Samuel William
Phrases in the Canton colloquial dialect : arranged according to the number of Chinese characters in a phrase ; with an English translation
Canton : [s.n.], 1853. Octavo, recent papered boards, spine with gilt lettered morocco title label, head of the title page with publisher’s slip cancel printed ‘Phrases’ laid down over what was possibly a printing error or earlier version of the first word in the title; pp 98; a few early marginalia; a fine copy. The …
Printed form on blue paper, printed recto only, completed in manuscript, being a shipping receipt on the letterhead of the Consulate of the United States of America, Hong Kong, made out to the Master & Owner of Ship Hurricane, dated November 20th, 1854 and signed by James Keenan, Consul. Keenan was the second American Consul …
WILLIAMS, Samuel Wells (1812-1884)
A Chinese commercial guide, consisting of a collection of details and regulations respecting foreign trade with China, sailing directions, tables &c.
Canton : printed at the office of the Chinese Repository, 1856. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Octavo, half crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt ruled in compartments with contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; speckled edges; pp viii; 376; text in English and Chinese, large folding map with hand colouring, Map of the Chinese …
NYE, Gideon (1812 - 1888)
Being an inquiry into the causes of the rupture of the English and French treaties of Tien-Tsin: and comprising a general review of our relations with China : with notices of Japan, Siam and Cochin-China. Supplemental of the “Rationale of the China Question” and the “Memorable Year”. Printed, not published, at Macao, 1860. Quarto, original …
Canton : Printed at the “Friend of China” office, 1861. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, pp , 144; a very good copy. An important and little-known history of Hong Kong in the 1840s by a controversial figure. This history of Hong Kong in the years …
LOBSCHEID, Wilhelm (1822-1893)
The religion of the Dayaks. Collected and translated into English by the Rev. W. Lobscheid. And the political, social and religious constitution of the natives of the west coast of Formosa, before and during the occupation of the island by the Dutch; or a contribution to the knowledge of the east. Translated from an old Dutch work by the Rev. W. Lobscheid.
Hongkong : Printed by J. de Souza, 1866. “Third edition”. Octavo, recent papered boards with morocco title label lettered in gilt; the second part with separate title page and pagination: pp. , 12; , 14; a very good copy. A scarcely recorded Hong Kong imprint. The German missionary Wilhelm Lobscheid (1822-1893) was sent out by …
UNITED STATES LEGATION TO CHINA
Treaties between the United States of America and China, Japan, Lewchew and Siam, Acts of Congress and the Attorney-General’s opinion : with the decrees and regulations issued for the guidance of U.S. Consular Courts in China.
Hongkong : [United States Legation to China], 1862. Octavo, contemporary half calf over pebbled cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt (repaired), front pastedown with early ownership inscription in pencil of ‘P.B. Bradford, Shanghai’; pp 190; text in English and Chinese; endpapers with light offsetting and foxing, a few pencilled marginalia; a good copy.
DENNYS, N[icholas] B[elfield] (? - 1900)
Hong Kong : printed by A. Shortrede & Co., 1866. Octavo, marbled papered boards (rubbed), gilt lettered morocco label to spine, pp [vi]; 61; [blank]; v, folding lithographed plans of Peking and the ‘Prohibited City’ (Forbidden City) with original colour, large folding map on rice paper of the road from Tungchow to Peking; lithographed map …
PERREIRA, A. Marques
Macau : Jose da Silva, 1868. Octavo, quarter cloth over printed papered boards, speckled pink endpapers, pp viii, , 140; a fine example. A rare Macao imprint documenting the history of the city.
STENT, G[eorge C[arter] (1833 - 1884)
Shanghai : printed and published by Da Costa & Co., at the “Ching-Foong” Printing Office, 1873. Octavo, old diced morocco, lettered in gilt along the spine (edges rubbed), original yellow wrappers bound in, pp 12, printed in blue ink with red decorative border; light foxing but a very good copy. Two poems by Stent featuring …
[HONG KONG; POETRY] In loving memory of Drummer Flowers, who departed this life on the 14th of March 1897 at Hong-Kong.
Manuscript poem, written in ink, folio writing paper, 2 pp, ‘Composed by Pte. A. Wallace, 1st West Yorkshire Regt., Copied by Pte. A. Gowan, 1st Batt. Middx Regt.’ A heartfelt composition penned by a poorly educated soldier in honour of a young drummer boy serving in the Far East with the Prince of Wales’ Own …
[Hong Kong and Canton, April 1901]. Group of 67 silver gelatin photographs taken by an anonymous photographer with a private camera, all in format 95 x 115 mm, mounted recto and verso of  loose leaves from an album of the period, all with the photographer’s handwritten captions in ink beneath the image; 63 of …
BALL, J. Dyer (1847 - 1919)
London : Sampson Low, Marston and Company and Hong Kong : Kelly & Walsh, 1892. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (wear to corners),pp. 419; xiii; errata slip, a very good copy. First edition of a much reprinted work, being a broad and detailed survey of contemporary Chinese society of the time. The author’s most important …