# 26083

DAVIS, John Francis (1795 - 1890)

Chinese novels, translated from the originals; to which are added proverbs and moral maxims, collected from their classical books and other sources.

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The whole prefaced by observations on the language and literature of China. London : John Murray, 1822. Octavo, finely bound recently in full calf, ruled in bling with ornamental corners, spine in compartments, ruled in gilt with contrasting morocco title label, marbled edges and endpaper, signature of Edward Parry to preliminary, pp. [vi]; 250, internally clean, faint blindstamp of Carnegie Free Public Library, Grove City, PA to title page and a couple of interior leaves, neat library number in ink to foot of contents page, otherwise a fine copy.

The first fifty pages consist of ‘Observations on the Language and Literature of China’, followed by three novels ‘The Shadow in the Water’, ‘The Twin Sisters’ and ‘The Three Dedicated Chambers’ and finally a section on Chinese Proverbs.

‘Sir John Francis Davis, 1st Baronet KCB (16 July 1795 – 13 November 1890) was a British diplomat and sinologist who served as second Governor of Hong Kong from 1844 to 1848. Davis was the first President of Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong’. (Wikipedia)

Lust 1097; Cordier Sinica 1770; Lowendahl 829 (calling in error for three engraved plates).

Provenance :

Carnegie Free Library of Grove City College, Grove City, PA

Henry Buhl Library, Grove City College (an old bookplate with deaccession stamp, recorded and now removed)

Note: In 2018 a series of thefts from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh were uncovered, with stolen books appearing for sale in the market. We have corresponded with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania and confirmed this volume is not amongst those stolen from the collection.