SMITH, Arthur H. (Henderson) (1845-1932)
Shanghai : Printed and published at the “North China Herald” office, 1890. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth covered boards (rubbed and lightly marked), upper board with gilt pictorial device and yellow lettering and decoration, spine lettered in gilt, front hinge cracked, patterned endpapers, half-title inscribed by the original owner, an American Protestant medical missionary: ‘J.H.M. McCartney, Chung King’ [i.e. Chongqing], and by his daughter: ‘Miss Ida McCartney, In remembrance of Sister Kasie’, and with wet stamp: ‘Presented by the family of the late Dr. & Mrs. J.H. McCartney’; pp , ii, 427,, ii (errata); contents clean, a good association copy.
Rare first edition, published in Shanghai, of a book which until the 1920s remained the work on China most widely read by foreign residents.
Arthur Henderson Smith was a member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions who spent 54 years as a missionary in China. He was the author of three books which attempted to explain China to Western readers: Chinese characteristics (later published in the U.S. in 1894), Village life in China (1899) and The uplift of China (1907).