# 38387

GUAN WEN

Biographical sketches and incidents of the Taipin [Taiping] Rebellion.

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Extracted from the Chinese of Kuan-Wen, late Viceroy of Hupeh and Hunan and subsequently First Minister at Pekin. Shanghai : [Kelly & Co.], 1871. Octavo (215 mm), recent marbled papered boards with gilt-lettered title piece to front, original front free-endpaper with old ownership inscription; title-page with ticket of Shanghai bookseller and publisher Kelly & Co. pasted on immediately below ‘Shanghai 1871’, suggesting this firm was the publisher; pp. v, 23; with the original printed green front wrapper bound in at rear, repeating text from the title-page (printed without any publisher’s name); a fine copy.

Rare Shanghai imprint.

The Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864), fought between the Manchu-led Qing dynasty and the Han, Hakka-led Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, was one of the bloodiest conflicts in history, leaving over 20 million dead. It would not be until August 1871 – the year in which the present pamphlet was printed – that the last rebel resistance was crushed by the ultimately victorious Qing government.

The author of this tract, Guan Wen (1798-1871), was a high-ranking Manchu official and military general with a reputation as a brilliant commander and strategist. He raised the Green Standard Army, which fought effectively against the Taiping Rebellion and helped restore the stability of Qing Dynasty.

OCLC locates one copy in North American libraries (Yale).

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