BRUEYRE, Benjamin (1810-1880), et al.
Dictionarium Latino-Nankinense. / Dialogi Nankinensi lingua. / Dictionarium Latino Nankinense. Juxta materiarum ordinem dispositum.
An extremely rare Nanjing Mandarin-Latin dictionary, accompanied by its two scarcely-recorded supplementary works (a chrestomathy and a glossary in the same languages). All three works were compiled and printed by the Jesuit missionary Benjamin Brueyre and his Chinese assistants in the small seminary at Wamdam, near Shanghai. I. Dictionarium Latino-Nankinense. Wam-dom A. M. D. G. 1846, scribebant Semin. Nank. Alumni. …
PRÉMARE, Joseph Henri-Marie de (1666-1736); JULIEN, Stanilas Aignan (1797-1873)
Premari Notitia Linguae sinicae. Ex Apographo, Ipsius Premari manu emendato, quod In Bibliotheca Regia Parisiensi servatuo, Accurate descripsit Stanislaus Julien.
[circa 1825]. Folio, modern full vellum binding by Aquarius, pp 466, [3 blank], title page with wet stamped monogram of sinologist Marquis d’Hervey de Saint-Denys (1822-1892), his manuscript collection label preserved on rear endpaper; manuscript in ink entirely in the hand of Stanislas Julien; in Latin and Chinese, the Chinese characters written from left to …
[Canton : Ch’uan Chi (?), circa 1870]. Woodblock map of the city of Canton, 300 x 450 mm (opened), hand painted bamboo covers; a few paper reinforcements, otherwise fine condition. A remarkable survivor that creates the illusion of having the city of Canton in the palm of the hand. From the eighteenth century onwards, Cantonese artisans …
SOONG Mei-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) (1897-2003)
In 1943 China’s First Lady, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, conducted a speaking tour of the United States to lobby support for the Chinese Nationalists’ war effort against the invading Imperial Japanese Army. This archive, compiled by her secretary, V.K. Kwong, provides a comprehensive record of Madame Chiang’s private and public engagements during this tour, including the …
THOM, Robert (1807-1846) (translator)
Wang Keaou Lwan pih neen chang han, or The lasting resentment of Miss Keaou Lwan Wang, a Chinese tale; founded on fact. Translated from the original by Sloth.
Canton : printed at the Canton Press Office, 1839. Small quarto, contemporary full calf binding of the Middle Temple Library, boards ruled in gilt (rubbed, corners worn), spine in compartments with gilt ornament and lettering (dulled), marbled endpapers, original printed green wrappers bound in, the upper wrapper with 2 pasted slips, ‘Translated from the original …
SKERTCHLY, Sydney B. J. (Barber Josiah) (1850-1926)
Hongkong : Kelly & Walsh, Limited, 1893. First (and only) edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked brown cloth boards, pp ii, 56, xxxii (Rhopalocera hongkongensis : a preliminary list of the butterflies of Hongkong / with notes by S.B.J. Skertchly and J.J. Walker); endpapers and fore-edges with spotting, but a fine copy. Scarce monograph on …
[BRIDGMAN, E.C. (Elijah Coleman) (1801-1861)]
Description of the city of Canton: with an appendix, containing an account of the population of the Chinese empire, Chinese weights and measures, and the imports and exports of Canton.
Canton : s.n., 1839. Second edition (stated). Octavo, later half calf over marbled papered boards, spine in compartments with gilt lettering and ornament; pp [ii], vi, 188; short gutter tears to pp 20-21 (loss of a few letters), otherwise very clean throughout; loosely enclosed is a large folding lithographed plan (sheet size 310 x 310 …
ELLIOT, Charles (1801-1875)
The officer deputed by the Commissioner, and the Keun Min Foo, having caused certain notices to be publicly placarded at Macao, inciting British merchants, commanders, and Seamen to disregard the lawful injunctions of the Undersigned, he has this day transmitted to those Authorities the accompanying declaration. A copy of the same will be submitted to …
MORRISON, John Robert (1814-1843)
Canton : Printed at the Albion Press, and sold at the Canton Register Office, No. 4 Danish Hong, 1834. First edition. Octavo, recent gilt-ruled half morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; marbled edges, pp xii, 116, the last five leaves with folding tables, large folding ‘Table of Logarithms to Accompany Stansbury’s Tonnage …
VARO, Francisco, 1627-1687
[Late eighteenth or early nineteenth century]. Phillipps MS. 25708. Large quarto, Middle Hill boards, pp [4 blank], [1-6], [1-96], manuscript in ink (Spanish and transliterated Chinese) and pencil (Chinese characters); offsetting to first blank and final page of manuscript, but clean and sound throughout; housed in a calf-backed clam shell box with gilt lettering and …
DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY (VOC)
An unpublished manuscript document recording a cargo of tea from China carried on the VOC ship Vrouw Maria Cornelia, dated 1790.
Prisatie over de Lading Thee per het Schip De Vrouw Maria Cornelia voor de Kamer Middelburg, alsmeede de Pryze zo als dezelve op den 29 November 1790 zyn verkogt. Large folding leaf, 375 x 245 mm, watermarked paper; manuscript in ink on  sides, with the title occupying a small section of the fourth side; the …
MARTYR, Peter (Pietro Martire d'ANGHIERA, 1457-1526), et al.; EDEN, Richard (translator) (c.1520-1576)
The Decades of the newe worlde or West India, Conteyning the nauigations and conquestes of the Spanyardes, with the particular description of the moste ryche and large landes and Ilandes lately founde in the west Ocean perteynyng to the inheritaunce of the kinges of Spayne.
… Wrytten in the Latine tounge by Peter Martyr of Angleria, and translated into Englysshe by Rycharde Eden. Londini : In aedibus Guilhelmi Powell, Anno. 1555. Colophon (one of four known variants): Imprynted at London in Paules Churchyarde at the signe of the Bell by Robert Toy … M. D. LV. Quarto (178 x 130 …
XU, Guangqi (HSÜ, Kuang-ch'i) (1562-1633); MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry) (1796-1857) (translator)
translated from the works of Tseu-Kwang-K’he. Called also Paul Siu, a Colao, or minister of state in China. Shanghae : Printed at the Mission Press, 1849. [Series: The Chinese miscellany, III]. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards; title leaf, pp 108, followed by  full-page wood block printed illustrations; title and last illustrated …
MARSHMAN, Joshua (1768-1837)
Dissertation on the characters and sounds of the Chinese language: including tables of the elementary characters, and of the Chinese monosyllables.
[Serampore : Baptist Mission Press, 1809]. Quarto, contemporary quarter vellum over marbled papered boards (heavily scuffed, corners worn), spine with manuscript title in ink; title leaf, pp ii, cxiii, errata leaf; with large folding chart of Chinese characters and 4 tables of monosyllables printed recto and verso of 2 folding sheets bound in; 2 further …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
A view of China, for philological purposes ; containing a sketch of Chinese chronology, geography, government, religion & customs.
Designed for the use of persons who study the Chinese language. Macao : printed at the Honorable the East India Company’s Press, by P.P. Thoms. Published and sold by Black, Parbury, and Allen, booksellers to the Honorable East India Company, London, 1817. First edition. Quarto, later blind blocked pale blue cloth boards (rubbed and and …
Agostino (Agostinho) Villa, Giovanni (João) (1752–1803); Corrêa Valente, Manoel (1735–1804)
Two autograph letters sent by Lazarist missionaries at Macau to an influential Portuguese noblewoman, the Countess de Redondo, in 1785.
In 1783, at the instigation of Queen Maria I, Portugal introduced a series of measures which were intended to bolster the economic, political, social, cultural and religious situation in its colony at Macau. Among these were the replacement of the fragile military garrison by a company of 150 soldiers from Goa, and the appointment, by the Queen …