[EMPEROR ZHU YUANZHANG (MING TAIZU), 1328-1398]
[China : c.1375]. Printed during the reign (1368-1398) of the first Ming emperor, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (Ming Taizu), a paper note with the original cash value of a string of 1,000 copper coins, or 1 kuan. Woodblock printed in black ink on a sheet of grey mulberry paper, 340 x 220 mm; recto with the Chinese characters …
HARRIS, John (1667?-1719)
Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca, or, A complete collection of voyages and travels : consisting of above six hundred of the most authentic writers …
Containing whatever has been observed worthy of notice in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America … the climate, soil and produce … of each country: likewise the religion, manners, and customs … To which is prefixed a copious introduction, comprehending the rise and progress of the art of navigation … together with the invention and use …
Maffei, Giovanni Pietro, 1533-1603
Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI. : Selectarum item ex India epistolarum, eodem interprete, libri IV.
Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita. Coloniæ Agippinæ : in Officina Birckmannica, sumptibus Arnoldi Mylii, MDXCIII. [Cologne : Arnold Mylius, 1593]. Second Cologne edition. Small folio, contemporary calf with embossed armorial device to boards, ruled in blind, rebacked, spine with raised bands; edges stained blue, later endpapers, title with woodcut printer’s device, manuscript inscription lower margin; woodcut …
MEARES, John (c.1756 - 1809)
[HAWAII; PACIFIC NORTHWEST; CHINA] Tvänne resor från Ostindien till Americas nordvästra kust, åren 1786, 1788 och 1789, af Johan Meares. Sammandrag utur engelska originalet.
Stockholm : Hos kamereraren J.S. Ekmanson, på Bokhandl. Mag. I. Utters Förlag, 1797. Small octavo, contemporary half mottled calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed), spine in compartments with gilt ornament and contrasting title labels lettered in gilt; pp , 404; text in Swedish; heavily scored early ownership signature to bottom margin of title page, with resultant …
Brisbane : CopyRight Publishing, 2012. First edition. Octavo (245 mm), pictorial papered boards, signed by the author on the title page; pp xvi, 336, with numerous b/w photographic illustrations; a fine copy. A scholarly and well-illustrated history of the Chinese diaspora of Rabaul, New Britain (formerly Neupommern), under the successive German, British and Australian administrations.
GREAT BRITAIN. PARLIAMENTARY PAPER.
Australasia. Correspondence relating to Chinese immigration into the Australian colonies, with a Return of Acts passed by the Legislatures of those Colonies and of Canada and British Columbia on the subject.
London : Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1888. Folio (330 mm), printed blue wrappers (a little chipped at edges, paper loss along spine), pp x, 87; a few pencilled annotations, but a very clean copy in the original wrappers.
MORRISON, Gabriel James (1840-1905); HOLUB, Emil (1847-1902)
[CHINA] Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography. Vol. II, no. 3, New Monthly Series. March, 1880.
London : Printed by William Clowes & Sons, . Tall octavo (245 mm), original printed blue wrappers (lightly marked, small paper loss at spine ends), pp 1-8 (advertisements), 145-208; folding colour plate at the rear with two Maps to Accompany Papers on Journeys in Eastern China by G. J. Morrison, M. I. C. E., 1878, which …
LING, Mrs. S. K.
Hong Kong : the artist, 1935. Folio, gilt-lettered green cloth, portrait frontispiece, pp. 32, colour plates, interleaved with glassine. Text in English and Chinese. A very good copy.
Edited by Shirley Barton. Foreword by Joseph Needham, F. R. S. Shanghai : China Monthly Review, 1952. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (toned), pp. [xiv]; 196, illustrated. The author, a New Zealander, had lived in China for 25 years and witnessed great poverty and hardship among the Chinese people. This is his account of why the 1949 …
including Tongking, Cochin China, Siam, and the British possessions of Burma, the Straits Settlements, Hong-Kong, Labuan and British North Borneo, with an enlarged plan of the environs of Hanoi, on the Red River. London : Edward Stanford, 1883. Lithographed map, printed in colour, 685 x 560 mm, dissected and laid on linen, pale water stain, …
DAMPIER, William (1651-1715) et al.
In four volumes. Containing I. Captain William Dampier’s voyages round the world : describing particularly, the coasts and Islands in the East and West-Indies. The South-Sea coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico. The countries of Tonquin, Achin and Malacca. The Cape of Good Hope, New-Holland, &c. II. The voyages of Lionel Wafer; giving an account of his …
BOUGAINVILLE, Hyacinthe Yves Philippe Potentien, Baron de (1781-1846)
Hyacinthe de Bougainville : autograph letter, signed, written from the harbour of Macao in 1825 during his circumnavigation in the “Thétis”.
Manuscript in brown ink, folio, 1 page; headed ‘Rade de Macao, ce 1er Janvier 1825’, the letter is to an unnamed recipient and concerns the Lazarist missionary, Lamiot; old vertical and horizontal folds (minor tears at the ends), roughened at top and bottom edges, else clean and complete, with red wax seals preserved. Rare, unpublished …
HUDDART, Joseph (1741-1816) (attrib.)
Also for the use of the country ships, trading in the Indian and China seas, to New Holland, &c. &c. Collected from the manuscripts, journals, memoirs, and observations, of the most experienced officers in the Hon. East India Company’s Service; and from the last edition of the French Neptune Oriental, by Mons. D’Après de Mannevillette. Being …
[CONFUCIUS]; POUND, Ezra (translator)
With notes and commentary on the text and the ideograms, together with Ciu Hsi’s “Preface” to the Chung Yung and Tseng’s commentary on the Testament. Norfolk, CT : New Directions, 1947. Series: Pharos no. 4, Winter 1947. Octavo (235 mm), printed magenta wrappers with yapp edges (lower wrapper lightly marked), pp 53,  publisher’s advertisements …
Comprising over 3800 characters with translations, explanations, pronunciations, etc., etc. Shanghai : The Commercial Press, Ltd., 1942. Octavo (195 mm), publisher’s black-lettered red cloth over boards (lightly marked), spine lettered in Chinese characters in gilt (sunned), pp. [iv]; 354; 10; title page in Chinese to rear pastedown; the English title page has a short tear …
DAVIS, S. G. and TREGEAR, Mary
Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press. 1961. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. 183 – 212, text diagrams, illustrated with 15 photographic plates. Offprint from Asian Perspectives, vol. 4, 1960. Limited to 300 copies, scarce.