UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD
Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each individual image 80 x 80 mm, mount 87 x 177 mm, recto with printed caption ‘A Street of “Flower Boats”, places of Amusement and debauchery, Canton, China’, imprint of Underwood & Underwood, Publishers, New York, London, etc., and ‘Copyright 1900’; verso blank; in fine condition.
UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD
Two stereoscopic albumen print photographs, each individual image 80 x 80 mm, mounts 87 x 177 mm, rectos with printed captions ‘A Glimpse into the Parsee Cemetery, Hong Kong, China’ and ‘In the Protestant Cemetery at “Happy Valley”, Hong Kong, China’, respectively, imprint of Underwood & Underwood, Publishers, New York, London, etc., and ‘Copyright 1900’; …
GLASER, CRANDELL CO.
[COOKERY] Chinese magic with leftovers : easy Everbest ways to turn icebox oddments into delicious Chinese dishes.
Chicago : Glaser, Crandell Co., 1947. Square octavo, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 16 pp, illustrated; light vertical fold down the centre of the bookley, but a near fine copy. Chinese recipe book produced by the manufacturers of Everbest Chinese Foods.
[Hong Kong and Canton, April 1901]. Group of 67 silver gelatin photographs taken by an anonymous photographer with a private camera, all in format 95 x 115 mm, mounted recto and verso of  loose leaves from an album of the period, all with the photographer’s handwritten captions in ink beneath the image; 63 of …
London : Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1914. First edition. Octavo, original red cloth boards lettered in gilt (spine sunned) previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, School prize label dated 1929 to front free endpaper, half title with offsetting, frontispiece plate with tissue guard intact, pp. viii, 374, 31 pages of publisher’s advertisements, with 34 black-and-white …
[China, circa 1850]. Manuscript calligraphy in Chinese characters in black and red ink on silk, 420 x 370mm (irregular); arranged in vertical columns, surrounded by a narrow border; a well preserved example, with minor restoration in places. The so-called “cheat’s handkerchief” was used as an aid by students undertaking civil service examinations under the keju …
Canton : Printed at the “Friend of China” office, 1861. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, pp , 144; a very good copy. An important and little-known history of Hong Kong in the 1840s by a controversial figure. This history of Hong Kong in the years …
Graphite on artist’s paper, 137 x 206 mm (sheet), captioned by the artist in the upper margin ‘Hongkong Coolies carrying Twist’; scattered foxing; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the …
Graphite on artist’s paper, 180 x 645 mm (sheet), folding to 180 x 215 mm, captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Southern Anchorage “Tungyung” / S.P.S.’; unmounted; original fold lines and some creasing; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Remarks on the signification of the Chinese character le E, elicited by Mr. P. P. Thoms’ attempt to shew that the Chinese do not call Europeans “Barbarians”
Hong Kong : Hong Kong Register Office, 1852. Octavo, pp. 15, contemporary yellow cloth binding, front cover with title in gilt on inlaid red morrocco panel; mildly foxed internally; otherwise a very good copy. Rare pamphlet on a Chinese linguistic controversy. A treatise by a prominent sinologist dispelling the commonly held notion that a Chinese …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 103 x 161 mm (sheet), captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Woosung S.P.S.’; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 …
[MORRISON, John Robert (1814-1843)]
A companion to the Anglochinese kalendar; for the year of our lord 1832: corresponding to the Alexandrian year of the world 7334; and the Chinese cycle aera 4469; being the xiith year of the reign of Taoukwang.
Macao : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1832. Octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards (corners worn), spine with gilt bands and lettering, front pastedown with armorial bookplate of James A. Banckerl, title page with his original ownership inscription in pencil ‘Jas. A. Banckerl, Canton’, …
Sentença proferida sobre a preza do navio Portuguez D. Manoel de Portugal e Castro, aprezado na rada de Macao aos 9 de Abril de 1836. Com traducçao em inglez.
Canton : Na typographia do Canton Register, 1836. Octavo, contemporary black cloth boards, front free-endpaper with early inscription and wet stamps indicating the book was presented to J. F. Marques Pereira by Celestino de Menezes, title with stamp of de Menezes, pp ii, 1-28 (Portuguese text), 1-28 (English translation); a very good copy, housed in …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 155 x 270 mm (sheet), initialled at lower right ‘S.P.S.’; verso with artist’s pencilled caption ‘Hongkong’; unmounted; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including …
Macao : na Typographica Armenia, 1844. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards, spine with contrasting label lettered in gilt; title page with early ownership inscription, pp  in Portuguese,  in English (the translation omits ‘Edital’ on p. 1, and the figures in the columns ‘Unidade, ‘Valores’, ‘Direitos de entrada’); browning to first …
[KHUBILAI KHAN, Emperor Chih-yüan]
China, Yüan dynasty, reign of Khubilai Khan, circa 1287 C.E.. Stone, 210 x 135 x 22 mm, top edges bevelled (three sections skilfully rejoined); housed in a custom made cloth box lined with lambswool. An extraordinary item of early printing history that pre-dates by a century the earliest known instance of printing in the West, …
[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 …
Ricci, Matteo, 1552-1610; Trigault, Nicolas (translator), 1577-1628
De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Ricii eiusdem societatis comentariis, libri V … in quibus Sinensis regni mores leges atque instituta et novæ illius Ecclesiæ difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigautio Belga ex eadem societate.
Augustae Vind. [Augsburg] : Apud Christoph. Mangium, 1615. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title along lower edge; engraved title page by Jacques de Fornazeris, incorporating a map of China flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci; folding plan of the villa in Peking, converted into a chapel, showing …
TOURNON, Charles-Thomas (Carlo Tommaso) Maillard de (1668-1710); THOMAS, Antoine (1644-1709)
[MANUSCRIPTS] Copy of a report by Cardinal Maillard de Tournon sent from Macau to the Propaganda Fide, 1705; [together with] Supplicatio facta Imperatori, being a copy of a document relating to Tournon’s imprisonment at Macau, by Antoine Thomas and others 
Small quarto, recent marbled papered boards with gilt lettered and decorated morocco label to upper board; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; manuscript in ink on wove paper with anchor watermark; pp [2 blank], [5 Report of Tournon], [4 Supplicatio facta Imperatori], [1 blank]; both documents are written in the same neat secretarial …
Nicetto, Juan Bautista; Fortet, Pierre Paulle (translator)
[MANUSCRIPT] Briefue Relacion de ce qu’il y a de plus remarquable dans la grande Chine, envoyée par le R.R.P.P. Jean Baptiste Nicetto Missionaire Apostolique dans ce grand Empire, & traduitte fort fidelement de l’Espagnol en langue française.
[Mexico, 1708]. Small quarto, old marbled papered boards; ex libris of Florencio Gavito to front pastedown; manuscript in ink in a neat contemporary hand, pp 13; colophon at the foot of the last page: ‘In Mexico, this 20th November 1708. Most faithfully translated by Pierre Paulle Fortet, currently in this city, capital of the Kingdom of New …
Castro, Felix Leal de (pseud.?)
Portugal en la Ciudad de Macao. Hiang Xan [Heungshan] : [s.n.], [1712?]. Small quarto, plain wrappers with manuscript title (detached and with early repair); title page; pp 49; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; housed in a folding clamshell box …
Stumpf, Kilian, 1655-1720
Informatio Pro Veritate Contra iniquiorem famam sparsam per Sinas cum Calumnia in PP. Soc. Jesu, & Detrimento Missionis. Com̃unicata Missionariis In Imperio Sinensi. Anno 1717.
[Peking] : [Society of Jesus], 1717 [i.e. 1718]. Small folio, early plain wrappers (stained and detached); title leaf, ff 94; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; f. 39 folded inside-out, presenting the text in reverse; pale staining to first and …
Tavares de Velles Guerreiro, João, active 1718
Deos de Macao na China, fes de Goa athe chegar a ditta cide. : divida em duas partes. [Macau] : [s.n.], . Folio, near contemporary calf, rebacked; Chinese patterned paper wrappers; title page with contemporary inscription to bottom margin, a name roughly erased and paper restored; pp 185, [blank]; printed xylographically on one side of …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
London : Printed for Black and Parry … by C. Stower, 1812. First edition. Octavo, later half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine with earlier gilt lettered backstrip laid down; pp vi, [1 contents], 71; first page with contemporary annotation in Chinese characters in red ink; a fine copy. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and East India …
DAVIS, John Francis (1795-1890) and MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
San-Yu-Low: or the Three Dedicated Rooms. A tale, translated from the Chinese. [bound following] Translations from the Original Chinese, with notes.
Canton [but Macau], China : Printed by order of the Select Committee; at the Honourable East India Company’s Press, by P. P. Thoms, 1815. Two volumes in one, octavo; stitched together, contemporary plain yellow rear wrapper (upper wrapper lacking); [Translations:] pp ,42 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; [San-Yu-Low:] pp , 56; signature B in the second …
THOMS, Peter Perring
[Hua Jian] Chinese Courtship. In Verse. To which is added, an Appendix, Treating of the Revenue of China, &c. &c.
London : Published by Parbury, Allen, and Kingsbury ; Macao, China : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, 1824. Octavo, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt rule and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; early bookseller’s label of W. White, Piccadilly, to front pastedown; printed on Chinese paper; …
DAVIS, John Francis (1795 - 1890)
Poeseos sinensis commentarii. On the poetry of the Chinese, (from the Royal Asiatic Translations) to which are added, translations & detached pieces
Macao : printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1834. Octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, bookplate for W. W. Rockhill to front pastedown, pp [viii]; 199; a fine copy. Text in English, Chinese and Latin. First published in London in …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Chinese dialogues; questions, and familiar sentences, literally rendered into English, with a view to promote commercial intercourse, and to assist beginners in the language.
Shanghae (Shangai) : Printed at the Mission Press, 1844. First edition. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn, backstrip lifting, front hinge cracked), front free-endpaper inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Curious China Expositor’ and with early owners’ names in ink and faint pencil (tear at fore-edge), pp viii, 782 …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1848. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp vi, 69; title page and last leaf lightly foxed; numerous contemporary annotations and underlinings in brown ink, presumably made by an early missionary as they show a familiarity with the Chinese language; …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Reply to the essay of Dr. Boone on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton : Press of S. Wells Williams, 1848. Octavo, recent half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 107, 23 [Correspondence on the version of the Chinese New Testament, now carrying forward at Shanghai]; a very good copy. A response by the English Congregationalist missionary and sinologist Walter Henry Medhurst to William Jones Boone’s important …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The notions of the Chinese concerning God and Spirits: with an examination of the defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, into the Chinese language, by W.J. Boone …
Hongkong : Printed at the “Hongkong Register” Office, 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn), spine with its original printed paper title label; hinges cracked; front pastedown with early ownership inscription; pp iv, iii, 166; endpapers and preliminaries lightly foxed, occasional spotting, else a clean copy. A response to William Jones Boone’s Defense …
MEADOWS, Thomas Taylor (1815-1868)
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1849. Octavo, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp viii, 54, [48 texts in Manchu (Mongolian) script, block printed in the Chinese style]; facing title page, a title page in Chinese and Manchu printed on yellow paper (chipped at corners); leaves with browning and scattered foxing; …
SMITH, George (Bishop of Victoria), 1815-1871
being a narrative of a mission of inquiry, to the Jewish synagogue at K’ae-Fung-Foo, on behalf of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews : with an introduction, by the Right Revd. George Smith, D.D. Lord Bishop of Victoria. Shanghae : printed at the London Missionary Society’s Press, 1851. Octavo, modern half-calf over …
DOTY, Elihu (1809-1864); [POHLMAN, William J.]
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1853. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; pp [1 blank], xii, iii, , 214, [1 blank]; first blank with original owner’s stamp in Chinese characters and ownership signature in ink in romanized script ‘Mo-ah’ (small marginal repair); …
BONNEY, Samuel William
Phrases in the Canton colloquial dialect : arranged according to the number of Chinese characters in a phrase ; with an English translation
Canton : [s.n.], 1853. Octavo, recent papered boards, spine with gilt lettered morocco title label, head of the title page with publisher’s slip cancel printed ‘Phrases’ laid down over what was possibly a printing error or earlier version of the first word in the title; pp 98; a few early marginalia; a fine copy. The …
Printed form on blue paper, printed recto only, completed in manuscript, being a shipping receipt on the letterhead of the Consulate of the United States of America, Hong Kong, made out to the Master & Owner of Ship Hurricane, dated November 20th, 1854 and signed by James Keenan, Consul. Keenan was the second American Consul …
NYE, Gideon (1812 - 1888)
Being an inquiry into the causes of the rupture of the English and French treaties of Tien-Tsin: and comprising a general review of our relations with China : with notices of Japan, Siam and Cochin-China. Supplemental of the “Rationale of the China Question” and the “Memorable Year”. Printed, not published, at Macao, 1860. Quarto, original …
DENNYS, N[icholas] B[elfield] (? - 1900)
Hong Kong : printed by A. Shortrede & Co., 1866. Octavo, marbled papered boards (rubbed), gilt lettered morocco label to spine, pp [vi]; 61; [blank]; v, folding lithographed plans of Peking and the ‘Prohibited City’ (Forbidden City) with original colour, large folding map on rice paper of the road from Tungchow to Peking; lithographed map …
PERREIRA, A. Marques
Macau : Jose da Silva, 1868. Octavo, quarter cloth over printed papered boards, speckled pink endpapers, pp viii, , 140; a fine example. A rare Macao imprint documenting the history of the city.
STENT, G[eorge C[arter] (1833 - 1884)
Shanghai : printed and published by Da Costa & Co., at the “Ching-Foong” Printing Office, 1873. Octavo, old diced morocco, lettered in gilt along the spine (edges rubbed), original yellow wrappers bound in, pp 12, printed in blue ink with red decorative border; light foxing but a very good copy. Two poems by Stent featuring …
Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company, Limited
[Hong Kong : Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company, Limited, 1900]. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed marbled papered boards, with approximately 100 pro forma requisition forms, each with the company letterhead and ‘Hongkong …. 190[ ]’; one form detached from its stub, otherwise unused, intact and fine. An uncommon example of Hong Kong printed commercial stationery from the Boxer Rebellion period.
Cover title: H.M.S. Suffolk “Nous maintiendrons”. Hong Kong : privately printed, . Royal octavo, blue faux leather, upper board and spine lettered in gilt, illustrated title page, 164 pp, with many photographic illustrations and sketches, maps, a near fine copy. Scarce. A record of the Royal Navy cruiser H.M.S. Suffolk‘s third commission on the China …
BRAGA, J[ose] M[aria] (Jack)
Macao : printed by N. T. Fernandes & Filhos, 1940. Octavo, modern marbled boards with gilt-lettered title label, original printed front wrapper bound in, pp [iv]; 56; age toning to the paper, but a very good copy. One of the rarest publications by Jack Braga, the noted historian of Portuguese colonial history in Asia. In …
Boxer, C.R. (Charles Ralph), 1904-2000
Macau : Imprensa Nacional, 1942. First edition, limited to 500 copies; this is one of 25 numbered copies on Dutch Cream Woven paper (copy no. 1). Folio, original embossed cloth lettered in gilt, with coat of arms of Macau to upper board; pp 231; illustrated with 29 full page plates, some folding; a fine copy. …
POLO, Marco (1254-1324); SANTAELLA, Rodrigo Fernández de (1444-1509)
Libro del famoso Marco Polo Veneciano de las cosas maravillosas que vido en las partes orientales: conviene saber en las Indias, Armenia, Arabia, Persia, y Tartaria. E del poderio del gran Can y otros reyes. Con otro tratado de micer Pogio Florentino y trata delas mesmas tierras y islas.
Logroño, Miguel de Eguia, 3rd June 1529. Folio, ff. ; 32, woodcut initials, the title leaf expertly remargined along the lower and fore-edges (prior to 1927), with a very small area of penwork to the edge of the decoration, brown staining to about half the folios, a couple of other very small marginal repairs, contemporary …
Du Halde, Jean Baptiste, 1674-1743
A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the kingdoms of Korea and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries …
London : T. Gardner for Edward Cave, 1738-41. First complete English edition. Two volumes, folio, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, expertly rebacked preserving the original labels; spines with raised bands and gilt rule; vol. 1 frontispiece portrait of Confucius, pp , xii, , xii, 678; vol. 2 pp , 388, ; with 51 engraved …
KLINGER, Johann Georg; MULLER, Johann Wolfgang
Also titled: Description de differens peuples remarquables des cinq parties du monde. Nüremberg : J. G. Klinger, 1805-1807. Second edition. Original box of red paper over card, 114 x 100 x 105 mm, with gilt embossed decoration, the lid lettered in gilt Jeu de voyage des cinq parties du monde (corners bumped); the box in three compartments: …
RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899
Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.
A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 280 x 480 mm (sheet), folding to 280 x 240 mm, captioned at lower right ‘The SS Sobraon on the rocks, Tung Yung Id, [April] 1901’; unmounted; original central vertical fold, left and right edges roughened; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, …
DONNELLY, Ivon A.
Shanghai : Kelly & Walsh, . First edition. Quarto, original snakeskin-patterned papered boards with raised lettering and design to front (rubbed), backed in white cloth with lettering in white on blue at head and tail, front hinge cracked, patterned endpapers, pp. 142, illustrated with 6 tipped-in coloured plates and 25 black-and-white plates, a few pages …