MORRISON, John Robert (1814-1843)
The Anglo-Chinese Kalendar and Register, for the year of the Christian æra 1832: corresponding with the twenty-ninth year of the Chinese Cycle of Sixty Years, which 29th year commences on the 2d of February, 1832.
With a Companion. Macao : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1832. Octavo, original stitching and lower wrapper (lacking upper wrapper), first blank with early ownership inscription ‘Chas. G. Chever, 1848’, pp 69, with numerous tables (one folding); the lower wrapper has the following printed note: ‘The Companion to the Anglo-Chinese Kalendar will be published, it is hoped, in the course of three weeks or a month hence. It was at first anticipated that a larger portion, if not the whole, would have been ready for publication by the 1st January, but that having been found impossible, it has appeared preferable to divide it in the manner now adopted, rather than wait till the completion of the whole’; title and dedication leaves with nineteenth century embossed stamp of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio (both leaves with small loss at corners); some light foxing to first blank and lower wrapper, but contents clean and fresh throughout.
A rare example of the first Anglo-Chinese Kalendar and Register, compiled by John Robert Morrison, who dedicates the publication to The East India Company. The Kalendar is essentially an almanac listing English, Chinese and ‘Mohammedan’ festivals and holidays, with space allocated for personal notes. At the rear is a chronology of Chinese dynasties and a table of monarchs from the 16th century to the present.
John Robert Morrison (1814-1843) was a prominent British interpreter and colonial official in China. He was born in Macau, the son of Robert Morrison, the first Protestant missionary in China. From 1830, Morrison worked as a translator for English merchants in Canton, China. Morrison also contributed to Karl Gützlaff’s Eastern Western Monthly Magazine, a publication aimed at improving Sino-western understanding, as well as compiling this Kalendar and its equally rare Companion (a commercial guide). He later succeeded his father, in 1834, as Chinese Secretary to the British East India Company on behalf of the British government.
OCLC locates copies in only a handful of libraries in the United States and the United Kingdom. The State Library of New South Wales holds the only copy recorded in Australian collections.
No copies traced in Rare Book Hub’s auction records for the last hundred years.