• # 18892

    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 …

  • # 18467

    BRY, Johann Theodor de; Johann ISRAEL (illustrator)

    Indiae orientalis (Small Voyages), Parts IV-XI.

    The first Latin editions of Parts IV-XI (eight parts in two volumes) of one of the most important collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery, primarily devoted to the exploration of the East Indies and containing 140 engraved plates and maps illustrating voyages to the Spice Islands, India, Africa and North America. The …

  • # 21620


    Tientsin Club, Tientsin : temporary membership pass, dated 1911.

    [Tientsin, China : Tientsin Club]. Single sheet of thick paper, folding to form [4] pages, 177 x 113 mm, being a pro forma document printed in blue ink on the first and third sides only, with the club crest at the head of the first side; manuscript entries dated 11 February 1911 record that Visitor …

  • # 21619


    To China & Japan … Australia & New Zealand. Via San Francisco.

    [Drop title]. Liverpool, U.K. : Rudolph Falck, General European Agent, [c.1900]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (light vertical fold, some mild toning), staple bound, pp 24 (including wrappers), photographic illustrations, deck and cabin plans, tables of fares etc.; a good, clean copy. Very scarce pre-Panama Canal brochure compiled by travel agent Rudolph Falck for prospective passengers from …

  • # 21618


    1896 / 1897. Joint Schedule showing sailing of steamers of the Occidental & Oriental Steamship Co. and the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. between San Francisco and Yokohoma and Hongkong.

    (Including calls at Honolulu, Nagasaki, Hiogo (Kobe) and Shanghai). At head of sheet: United States, Japan and China. San Francisco : Occidental & Oriental S.S. Co., 421 Market Street, September 26, 1896. Lithographed broadsheet, 400 x 230 mm, printed recto only; original folds, in fine condition.  

  • # 21617

    Hong Kong Harbour & Victoria City from The Peak.

    [Hong Kong : s.n., c.1920]. Real photo postcard. Gelatin silver print on card stock, 87 x 137 mm, titled in the negative along with sequence number ’42’; verso printed ‘Post Card’ (without publisher’s imprint); not postally used; pin hole at top edge centre, tiny surface blemish towards left edge centre, else fine condition.

  • # 21607


    An English and Chinese dictionary.

    Compiled from the latest and best authorities and containing all words in common use, with many examples of their use. Hongkong and Shanghai : Kelly & Walsh ; Singapore : Kwong Nam Sang ; San Francisco : Wing Fung, 1913. Thick octavo, half roan over cloth covered boards (rubbed and lightly marked), spine with English …

  • # 21602

    Photographer unknown.

    Photograph of the Repulse Bay Hotel, Hong Kong, circa 1930.

    Original gelatin silver print on matte paper, 80 x 130 mm; taken by an unidentified amateur photographer, inscribed in ink verso: ‘Repulse Bay with Hotel in background. Hong Kong’; fine condition.

  • # 21595

    CHALMERS, John (1825-1899)

    An account of the structure of Chinese characters under 300 primary forms : after the Shwoh-wan, 100 A.D., and the phonetic Shwoh-wan, 1833.

    Shanghai ; Hongkong ; Singapore ; Yokohama : Kelly & Walsh, Limited, 1911. Second edition. Octavo, publisher’s black lettered plum cloth over boards, folding frontispiece chart of 300 characters printed in red and black, second frontispiece with identical chart in single full page format (printed in black only), pp viii, 199; light foxing to endpapers …

  • # 21268

    BONAR, Andrew R. (editor)

    Incidents of missionary enterprise : illustrative of the progress of Christianity in heathen countries, and of the researches, sufferings and adventures of missionaries.

    Edinburgh and London : Thomas Nelson, 1845. Third edition. Small octavo, original blind blocked morocco gilt (corners and edges of boards a little worn),  all edges gilt, front free-endpaper with gift inscription dated 1848, front pastedown and endpaper with bookplates of later owners, first blank with recent ownership inscription, extra illustrated title page with lithographed …

  • # 21879

    STEIN, M. Aurel (1862-1943)

    Ruins of desert Cathay. Personal narrative of explorations in central Asia and westernmost China.

    London : Macmillan, 1912. Two volumes, thick octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (edges a little rubbed but a very good set), top edges gilt, pp xxxviii, 546; xxi, 492; extensively illustrated with photographic plates, panoramas, three folding maps (two detached with reinforcement to the folds); light foxing to preliminaries, overall clean, a very good set. A substantial …

  • # 21603


    China’s New Industrial Enterprises (中國新事業之一斑), 1915

    [Drop title]. [Shanghai? San Francisco?] : s.n., [1915]. Oblong octavo (130 x 195 mm), original cloth backed pictorial wrappers (lightly foxed), pp 64, all full page half tone photographic plates with captions in Chinese and English; introduction by Chang Chien, Minister of Agriculture and Commerce (also printed in Chinese and English); contents very clean and …

  • # 21047

    BURCHETT, Wilfred G.

    China’s feet unbound

    Melbourne : World Unity Publications, 1952. Octavo, plain wrappers in chipped dustjacket (one flap lost), pp. 190. The rise of China following the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, including early account of the control of the People’s Liberation Army.

  • # 21209

    YU-PAO, Kao

    Kao Yu-Pao’s school days

    Based on “I want to go to school”, a chapter from an autobiographical novel by Kao Yu-pao. Adapted by Hsu Kuang-yu. Drawings by Wang Hsu-yang and Pen Ching-yu. Supplement to China Reconstructs, May 1957. Peking : China Reconstructs, 1957. Oblong octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 56, illustrated. Chinese propogandist literature in the form of a graphic novel …

  • # 20884

    Le petit Lapeyrouse

    Paris : Chez Marcilly libraire, [c.1835]. Oblong duodecimo (112 x 132 mm), original printed papered boards, pp [2], viii, 136, [6] leaves of hand coloured engraved plates; occasional mild foxing, a very good copy. A beautifully illustrated work for children containing brief descriptions of various aspects of the history and culture of many places around the …

  • # 20880

    EZRA, Edward Isaac; SOPHER, Arthur

    The Chinese Jews

    Shanghai : printed by The China Press [for The Society for the Rescue of the Chinese Jews?], 1926. Large octavo, original printed speckled blue wrappers (lightly foxed, chipped at crown and foot of spine), inside front wrapper with the Australian ex libris of the Rabbi Leib A. Falk (his collection numbers in manuscript to wrapper …