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[CHINESE WATERCOLOUR MUSICIANS].
[An album with Chinese Court Lady Musicians on pith]. About 1840's.
Oblong folio. Size: 33 x 22 cm. A collection of twelve water colours on pith depicting ladies playing various musical instruments, held within blue silk frames. Original silk brocade covered boards, ties. Some foxing to the plates. A few of the images with tears in margins not affecting the picture. Only one plate with small damage to the lady's face. A beautiful set with exquisite paintings in bright colours. Pith paintings were produced from the early part of the 19th century and onwards, and exclusively for the export market. They were usually created at "factories" in Canton by highly skilled artists, mostly unsigned. Pith is often called rice paper by mistake. It's an unprocessed plant material taken from a shrub native to Taiwan and south China. The highly complex cellular structure makes it highly reactive to moisture and when paint is applied to the pith's surface the cells swell which create a special (deep) effect to the image.
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 [ALEXANDRE, NOÃčL]:,  Apologie des dominicains missionnaires de la Chine. Ou réponse au livre du Père Le Tellier jésuite. Intitulé, Défense des nouveaux chrétiens; et à l'éclaircissement du P. Le Gobien de la même Compagnie, sur les honneurs que les chinois rendent à Confucius & aux morts. Cologne, chez les héritiers de Corneille-d'Egmond, 1699.
[ALEXANDRE, NOÃčL]:
Apologie des dominicains missionnaires de la Chine. Ou réponse au livre du Père Le Tellier jésuite. Intitulé, Défense des nouveaux chrétiens; et à l'éclaircissement du P. Le Gobien de la même Compagnie, sur les honneurs que les chinois rendent à Confucius & aux morts. Cologne, chez les héritiers de Corneille-d'Egmond, 1699.
12mo. Pp. 503, table (7) + appendix (Latin text) 196, (6). Contemporary calf, spine with five raised bands decorated in gilt and with a red title label, bevelled gilt edges, rubbed, hinges weak, tail of spine with some small holes. Rare first edition, and an Italian edition was published in the same year. The appendix has a separate title: "Documenta controversiam missionariorum apostolicorum imperii sinici de cultu praesertim Confucii philosophi & progenitorum defunctorum spectantia, ac apologiam dominicanorum missionis sinicae ministrorum adversus libros R.R. Patrum Le Tellier & Le Gobien Societatis Jesu confirmantia". The Chinese Rites Controversy was an argument between Roman Catholic missionaries about whether the the religiosity of Confucianism and Chinese rituals during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Dominicians and Augustinians contrary to the Jesuits refused any adaptation to local customs and were horrified by the practices of the Jesuits. No√'l Alexandre (1639-1724) was a French Dominician and a renowned professor of theology at Sorbonne. Cordier BS 876-77. De Backer & Sommervogel iii, 1513. Lach & Van Kley (1993:1) p. 386. L√
∂ wendahl 228. Lust 854. Walravens (18987), 126 & 127.
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Book number: 120156
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 [CHANG, THE GIANT (CHANG WOO GOW)].,  [Carte de visite photo of the Chinese Giant in Bournemouth] ca 1875.
[CHANG, THE GIANT (CHANG WOO GOW)].
[Carte de visite photo of the Chinese Giant in Bournemouth] ca 1875.
Original photograph of Chang, the Giant. Size: 6,4 x 10,8 cm. He is dressed in a Chinese traditional costume, most likely his performace outfit. Chang Woo Gow was born in Fuzhou (Canton) in the 1840's. He was well educated and travelled around the world performing as "Chang the Chinese Giant". His height was claimed to be over 2,4 meter!. In 1878 he retired from stage and settled in Bournemouth, where he operated a Chinese teahouse and a curio store.
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Book number: 100762
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[CHINA].
[CHINA]. Treaty of peace, amity and commerce between His Majesty the King of Sweden and Norway, on one side, and the Chinese Empire, on the other, done and concluded in Canton the 20th of March 1847, accepted and confirmed by His Swedish and Norwegian Majesty the 28th October 1847.
4to. Pp. 52. With parallell text in English and Swedish. Disbound. [Sw.f√
∂ rfattnings-samling n. 43. 1847].
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[CHINA.]
[CHINA.] ... Tio tusen chinesiska ting. [Ten Thousand Chinese Items]. Beskrifvande förteckning öfver ett chinesiskt målnings-galleri samt en stor samling af chinesiska konst-, industri- och naturalister. Stockholm, Johan Beckman, 1849.
Pp. iv, 5-42. Half cloth with title label on upper cover. Bookplate (Carl Trolle Bonde, Trolleholm). A description of a collection of authentic Chinese objects presented at an exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. Comprising paintings, antiquities, books, porcelain, stamps, tiles, foods, papers, cloths, embriodeery, scrolls, ceramics, and more. Includes a section with Siamese books.
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Book number: 12121
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[CHINESE ART EXHIBITION IN LONDON].
The Chinese Exhibition. A Commemorative Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, November 1935 - March 1936. London, Faber and Faber Ltd., 1935.
4to. Pp. xxviii, 160 + 160 pages with about 335 photos of objects and 22 photos of marks and signatures + lvs. 81 with captions to the illustrations, and one coloured frontispiece. Publisher's red cloth, lettered in gilt, u. e. g. Copy of Carl Kempe (1884-1967), a Swedish industralist and famous colllector of ceramics. An impressive catalogue of the important Chinese Art Exhibition in London 1935-36. It was the first time in history that such a large quantity of Chinese art objects had been on loan to a foreign country. According to Western scholars this exhibition "Inaugurated the modern era of Chinese art historical studies in Europe" (Elliot & Shambaugh 2005, 83f). Yuan 268.
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 [OPIUM ]., The Chinese Opium-Smoker. Twelve Illustrations; Facsimiles of Native Drawings. With a Translation of the Original Chinese Text Accompanying them, and Appendixes. London, S. W. Partington, no date (1881).
[OPIUM ].
The Chinese Opium-Smoker. Twelve Illustrations; Facsimiles of Native Drawings. With a Translation of the Original Chinese Text Accompanying them, and Appendixes. London, S. W. Partington, no date (1881).
Pp. 44. Including 12 coloured lithographed illustrations with descriptive text opposite each plate. A printed letter by Storrs Turner, loosely inserted. Original printed wrappers, spine ends chipped. A couple of leaves with rusty staple marks at inner margin. Second, enlarged edition (first 1875?) of this anti-opium pamphlet. The illustrations depict the gradual downfall of a opium smoker. Commencing with a man on a couch in his mansion, followed by images of the dissipation of the man who becomes a victim of the drug and eventually leaves home and becomes a homeless beggar. It's believed that the sketches were made by a Christian Chinaman named Tai and later published by the Chinese Anti-Opium Society of Canton. The pictures were sent to England and published with an English translation in the 1870's. This enlarged edition includes a.o. a letter by Commissioner Lin to the Queen of England. Reverend Frederick Storrs Turner was the founder of the Society for the Suppression of the Opium Trade, and the editor of the Society's newspaper "Friend of China". A printed letter by Storrs Turner adressed to "the Editor" stating that this pamphlet was not published for profit "but with the hope of increasing the public interest in a subject of great national importance", is loosely inserted.
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[MONTMIGNON, JEAN BAPTISTE ABBÃÁ]:
Choix des lettres édifiantes, écrites des missions étrangères, précédé de tableaux géographiques, historiques, politiques, religieux et littéraires, des pays de mission. Seconde édition. 8 volumes. Paris, Grimbert, 1824-1826.
Pp. (iv), cxx, 380; (iv), iv, 543; viii, 575; (iv), xx, 486; (iv), iv, 516; (iv), 475; (iv), 460; (iv), 494. Contemporary marbled calf, flat spines richly decorated in gilt and with red title labels. Marbled edges with matching endpapers. Armorial Bookplates. Binding somewhat rubbed, top of spine to volume four with wear and slightly chipped, otherwise a very attractive set. Comprises: Vols. i-iii. Missions de la Chine; iv. Missions de l'Inde; v-vi. Missions du Levant; vii-viii. Missions de l'Amerique. First edition was published in 1808-09.
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[CHINA].
[A collection of essays, inquiries and answers regarding the term question of God in Chinese compiled by an American missionary]. BOONE, WILLIAM. J.: An Essay, on the Proper Rendering of the Words Elohim and ... [Theos in Greek letters] into the Chinese language. Canton, the office of the Chinese Repository, 1848.
Pp. vi, blank leaf, pp. 69. Some annotations and minor staining. Cordier BS 1281-82. BOUND TOGETHER WITH:[MEDHURST, WALTER HENRY]: An Inquiry into the Proper mode of Rendering the word God in translating the Sacred Scriptures into the Chinese language. Shanghai, Mission Press, 1848. Pp. (ii), 170. Some annotations in margin. Small wormhole affecting last few leaves (no loss). Cordier BS 1282. L√
∂ wendahl 1772. AND: [MEDHURST, W.H. / STRONACH, JOHN / MILNE, W.C. / LOCKHART, W. / MUIRHEAD, W. / EDKINS, J.]: [Head title]: To the Protestant Missionaries labouring at Hongkong, and the Five Ports of China. [ Shanghai 1850]. Pp. 22. No title page. Cordier BS 1283. AND: MEDHURST, W.H.: On the true meaning of the word Shin, as exhibited in the quotations adduced under that word, in the Chinese imperial Thesaurus, called the Pei-wan-yun-foo. Shanghae, the Mission Press, 1849. Title page (= front cover) missing. Pp. 88. Some staining at the beginning. Some marginal tears. Cordier BS 1283. AND: MEDHURST, W.H.: An Inquiry into the Proper mode of translating Ruach & Pneuma, in the Chinese version of the Scriptures. [Shanghai 1849]. No title page. Pp. 75. Cordier BS 1284. AND: MEDHURST, W.H.: Reply to the Bishop of Victoria's ten reasons in favour of T'een-shin. No place or date. One folio sheet. Text in three columns. An article- Cordier BS 1286. AND: LEGGE, JAMES: An Argument for ... (Shang Te) as the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, in the Chinese, with Strictures on the Essay of Bishop Boone in favour of the term ... (Shin), etc, etc. Hongkong, at the Hongkong Register Office, 1850. Pp. (v), 43. Holes running through the last 20 pages, at the end rather big with some loss. Legge is refering to the first work above by Boone. Cordier BS 1284. See comments at L√
∂ wendahl 1131. The collection is disbound. Paper is very brittle. Housed in a specially made cloth box. Copy of Michael Simpson Culbertson (1819-62), American born missionary stationed in Ningpo from 1845 to 1851 and in Shanghai from 1851 to 1862 when he died of cholera.
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[CHINESE COSTUMES].
[A collection of ten small Chinese water colours on pith]. China, about 1900.
Comprises ten small watercolour drawings ( 10 x 6,5 cm) on pith. Preserved in it's original glass-top box of pasteboard trimmed in silk brocade. With shopkeeper's chop on lower cover. The illustrations depict various costumes of Mandarins and ladies of the Imperial Court in finely executed and delicate water colours. Christmas and New Year Greetings are printed in Pidgin English and Chinese on each image. Four of the images are slightly chipped at outer edge but overall a very fine set of this charming export souvenir.
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Book number: 100661
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 [TRADE CATALOGUE WALL PAPER]., Décors. Paris, Draeger, 1931.
[TRADE CATALOGUE WALL PAPER].
Décors. Paris, Draeger, 1931.
Oblong 4to. (27 x 21.5 cm). Pp. (6) with "composition des planches" and pricelist. With 27 coloured interior plates, some highlighted with silver or gold (numbered 155-181). Publisher's spiral-bound black paper wrappers with gold design on front cover. A striking catalogue promoting the latest wallpaper designs with vivid and flamboyant interiors. Produced by Draeger graphic studio in Paris possibly for Studio Pomone or department store Le Printemps. Faint foxing to first and last leaves and one plate with traces of fold but overall a very good copy.
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Book number: 120253
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[CHINA]. [J.R. SUPERCARGO]:
Dag-bok öfver en resa till fots, Ã¥ren 1819 och 1820, frÃ¥n Manchao, pÃ¥ ön Hainan, till Canton. ÃĖfversättning. Stockholm, Fr. B. Nestius, 1828.
Pp. 203. Uncut copy in contemporary wrappers. Minor marginal stain to first few leaves. A Swedish translation from the English "Diary of a journey overland through the Maritime provinces of China from Manchao, on the south coast of Hainan, to Canton" (London 1822). The author was Supercargo of the English ship "Friendship" which was shipwrecked on the island Hainan situated on China's Southeastern coast. The crew were saved and continued by foot along the shores to Canton. Includes an appendix with Milne's account on bookprinting in China. Cf Lust 227. Cf Cordier BS 308.
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 [EIDOUS, MARC-ANTOINE (TRANSLATOR)]:, Hau Kiou Choaan, histoire chinoise, traduite de l'anglois. Four volumes in two. Lyon, Benoit Duplain, 1766.
[EIDOUS, MARC-ANTOINE (TRANSLATOR)]:
Hau Kiou Choaan, histoire chinoise, traduite de l'anglois. Four volumes in two. Lyon, Benoit Duplain, 1766.
12mo. Pp. (iv), xxxii, 224; (iv), 263; (iv), 263; (iv), 243, (4). With four engraved frontispieces. Contemporary emerald coloured boards, title labels on spines (slightly chipped), red edges, hinges cracked, worn, even so it's a charming copy. First French edition of "The Pleasing History" translated from the English by James Wilkinson and Thomas Percy. Barbier ii, p. 608. Cordier BS 1755. L√
∂ wendahl 541. Lust 1108.
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Book number: 99719
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[CIBOT, PIERRE-MARTIAL]:
Lettre de Pekin, sur le génie de la langue chinoise et la nature de leur écriture symbolique comparée avec celle des anciens égyptiens ... On y a joint l'extrait de deux ouvrages nouveau de Mr. de Guignes relatifs aux mêmes matières. Bruxelles, J.L. de Boubers, 1773.
Small 4to. Pp. xxxviii, 46, (i), (6). Complete with 29 engravings (numbered I, II and XX-XLV). Contemporary half calf on marbled paper boards, worn. Library markings on front paste down. First edition of Cibot's letter dealing with Needham's Hypothesies on the resemblance of Chinese characters to Egyptian hieroglyphics. The preface is written by John Tuberville Needham which was previously published in the Philosophical Transactions. The first section includes an "Extrait du Journal des savans, sur Le Chou-King", published by J. de Guignes in 1770. The engraved plates depict ancient Egyptian and Chinese characters and symbols, and a few of ancient objects. Cordier BS 1735-6. De Backer-Sommervogel II, col. 1168. L√
∂ wendahl 568. Morrison II, 46.
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Book number: 120497
€  1900.00 [Appr.: US$ 2235.03 | £UK 1736.25 | JP• 244057]
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[ORIENTAL TALES].
Oriental Fairy Tales, or Fancy´s Wanderings in the East. London 1854.
Pp. (iv), 338. With 32 illustrations (8 full page) by William Harvey, engraved by the brothers Dalziel. Publisher's blindstamped cloth cloth, spine decorated in gilt, faded and with some wear.
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 [CHINESE CIGARETTE CARDS]., [A set of eight pictorial advertising cards for cigarettes]. Ca 1910.
[CHINESE CIGARETTE CARDS].
[A set of eight pictorial advertising cards for cigarettes]. Ca 1910.
A rare collection of eight cigarette cards (each 13.5 x 20.2 cm) decorated with colourful scenes from old Chinese tales. Text in Chinese on the reverse. The set comprises four "Pin Head" cigarette cards issued by the American Tobacco Company; three "Pirate" cards issued by the British company W.D. & H.O. Wills; and one "Peacock" card by the Japanese based Murai Brothers Tobacco Co. Cigarette cards were introduced in the latter part of the 19th century when the manufacturers inserted cards into paper cigarette packages in order to stiffen the packaging. Due to competition the suppliers began to decorate the cards to promote their brands, and eventually these cards became collectables.
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Book number: 120263
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 [JESUIT RELATIONS / LE GOBIEN, CHARLES].,  The Travels of Several Learned Missioners of the Society of Jesus, into Divers Parts of the Archipelago, India, China, and America. Containing a General Description of the Most Remarkable Towns; with a Particular Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of Those Several Nations, ... London, Printed for R. Gosling, 1714.
[JESUIT RELATIONS / LE GOBIEN, CHARLES].
The Travels of Several Learned Missioners of the Society of Jesus, into Divers Parts of the Archipelago, India, China, and America. Containing a General Description of the Most Remarkable Towns; with a Particular Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of Those Several Nations, ... London, Printed for R. Gosling, 1714.
Pp. (xiv), 336, index (12), adv. (4). With two folding engraved plates. Modern half calf on marbled boards, spine with five raised bands, gilt and with title label. Partly with marginal waterstaining. Foredge chipped and soiled at beginning and end. Some small wormholes, mainly in margin. The first English translation of the Jesuit letters. Comprises 22 letters selected from Father Le Gobien's "Lettres √Šdifiantes et Curieuses" (volumes 9 & 10, Paris 1711-13). The first ten letters deal with various parts of India, seven letters are devoted to China, two to Canada, one to South America, one to the Philippines, Japan and the Nicobar islands and finally one to Greece. The two plates belong to the letters on China; one of the Ginseng plant and the other of a Chinese inscription (on a plate given to the Jesuits at Peking in 1711). Sabin 40707. De Backer-S. III, 1514.
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[THOM, ROBERT]:
... Yishi Yuyan. Esop's Fables Written in Chinese by the Learned Mun Mooy Seen-Shang, and Compiled in their Present Form (With a free and literal translation) by His Pupil Sloth. Macao, Canton Press Office, 1840.
Folio. Pp. (ix), xxi, (iv), 104. With one lithographed plate of Chinese characters. Text in English, Chinese and romanizations in the Nanking and Cantonese dialects. Early 20th century cloth with original wrappers bound in. Small marginal repair to title (no loss). Rare first edition of Thom's translation of the Aesop's Fables into Chinese. It comprises 81 fables preceded by a long preface and an introduction about the written character of the Chinese. The short stories are printed in Chinese characters (wood block) accompanied by the pronounciation in Nanking (Roman letters) and Canton (italics) dialects respectively. Both according to Dr. Morrison's orthography. In another column a free English translation is given and beneath an English sense of the Chinese character. Robert Thom came to China in 1834 and worked for some years with Jardine Matheson at Canton. He was the official linguist during the First Opium war and participated as translator in the Treaty negotiations at Nanking. In 1843 he was appointed British consul at Ningbo. He dedicates this work to William Jardine, James Matheson and Henry Wright "by whose bounty the entire expense of his Chinese education was defrayed". According to the preface this translation of the fables were selected from various sources such as Phedrus, Avanius, Barlandus etc. Thom dictated the fables, in Manchu Chinese, to his native teacher Mum Mooy Seen-Shang who wrote them down in a simple style called "ts√£-luh", the lowest and easiest form of Chinese composition. The first specimen of the stories was published in 1837-8 and was well received by the Chinese. However "They had their run of the Public Courts and Offices - until the Mandarins - taking offence at seeing some of their evil customs so freely canvassed - ordered the work to be suppressed. ... The application was once perceived - and the justice of the remark admitted immediately" (Preface). The western tradition of using fables in education and preaching indirectly paved the way for their transmission to China. In the 17th century the Jesuits adapted and used the Aesop's fables in their Chinese sermonic works. The fables came to influence and challenge the traditional Chinese way of writing fictious stories that had always been based on true historical events. The Chinese translations of the Aesop's fables in the 19th century had elements of Chinese literature traditions mixed in the fables. (See Diss.: Wu, Pei-Lin "Aesop's fables in China, the transmission and transformation of the genre"). Cordier BS 1683. Lust 1065. See: Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol. XXXVI - new series. Sept. - Dec. 1841. pp. 182-3.
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ABEL - RÃÁMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE / ROSNY, LÃÁON DE
... Ãálémens de la grammaire chinoise, ou principes généraux du Kou-Wen ou style antique, et du Kouan-Hoa, c'est-à-dire, de la langue commune généralement usitée dans l'empire chinois. Nouvelle édition, ... augmentée d'une table des principales phonétiques chinoises par L. León de Rosny. Paris, Maisonette et Cie, 1857.
Tall 8vo. Pp. xxii, 240. Includes the Chinese title printed on yellow paper. With 2 folding lithographed plates. Half morocco on marbled boards, spine with five raised bands and title lettered in gilt. Bookplate. Second edition (first 1822) enlarged with a table "des principales phonétiques chinoises" devised by Leon de Rosny. Abel Rémusat's grammar was the first usable Chinese grammar printed in Europe. Unlike previous grammars he did not try to impose any of the common categories of Indo-European languages on the Chinese languages he described. Abel-Rémusat distinguishes carefully between classical or literary Chinese and the vernacular. The two languages are treated in two different sections; "Style antique" respectively "Style moderne". However the last section with analyses of the vernacular is more elaborated and valuable than the classical part. Alain Peyraube: "Some reflections on the sources of the Mashi Wentong" pp. 345-46. Cordier BS 1662.
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Book number: 100551
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ABEL-RÃÁMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE (ED.):
Contes chinois, traduits par mm. Davis, Thoms, le P.'Entracolles, etc. Three volumes. Paris, Moutardier, 1827.
12mo. Pp. xii, 240; 225; 200, (4). With three fronts. Contemporary marbled boards, flat calf spines decorated in gilt and with title labels. Small repair to volume three's spine. First edition of a collection of Chinese novels translated into French. Abel-Remusat was a medical student who became enchanted by China and taught himself the fundaments of Chinese by using Fourmont's work, and became the protégé of Silvestre de Sacy. In 1814 he was appointed the first professor of Chinese in Europe, at the College de France, which he held until his death. Cordier BS 1761.
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Book number: 100461
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ABEL-RÃÁMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE (TRANS.) & KLAPROTH, HEINRICH JULIUS & CLERC DE LANDRESSE, ERNEST AUGUSTIN XAVIER (EDS.):
[...] Foé Koué Ki ou relation des royaumes bouddhiques: Voyage dans la Tartarie, dans l'Afghanistan et dans l'Inde, exécuté, a la fin du IVe siècle, par Chý Fá Hian. Paris, L'Imprimerie Royale, 1836.
Large 4to. Pp. (iv), lxvi, (2), 424. With four folding engraved maps and one engraved plate. Uncut and unopened copy in original printed wrappers. Wrappers stained, spine chipped and partly restored. First few leaves with light waterstain at upper margin otherwise a very good copy. First edition of the first western translation of the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian's (Fa-hien) travels to India at the beginning of the fifth century. He travelled on foot from China through various parts of Central Asia, down to India, and returned by boat via Java. During the journey he studied and copied Buddhist scriptures which he later translated and expanded. This work is mainly interesting in the reconstruction of primitive Buddhism. Faxian describes the various Buddhist countries he visited and their religious practices. Further it helps to reconstruct the history and geography of Central Asia and India before the arrival of Islam. This is considered Abel-R√©musat's most important work. It was posthumously published, revised and supplemented by Klaproth, and finally completed by Landresse after Klaproth's death. Cordier BS 2649-50. L√
∂ wendahl 913. Lust 782. Zenker ii, 6793.
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 ABEL-RÃÁMUSAT, JEAN PIERRE:, Mélanges posthumes d'histoire et de litérature orientales. Paris 1843.
ABEL-RÃÁMUSAT, JEAN PIERRE:
Mélanges posthumes d'histoire et de litérature orientales. Paris 1843.
Pp. (iv), iv, 469, table (1). Contemporary marbled paper covered boards, calf spine decorated in gilt, lightly rubbed. First edition, posthumously published. It's a continuation of Remusat's "Mélanges asiatique" (1825-29). Edited by Félix Lajard. Abél-Remusat (1788-1832) was the renowned French orientalist who wrote extensivley about Chinese history, literature and language. Cordier BS 68. Lust 101.
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ABEL-RÃÁMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE:
Nouveaux mélanges asiatiques, ou recueil de morceaux de critique et de mémoires relatifs aux religions, aux sciences, aux coutumes, à l'histoire et à la géographie des nations orientales. Two volumes. Paris, Schubart et Heideloff & librairie orientale de Dondey-Dupré père & fils, 1829.
Pp. (iv), iv, 446; (iv), 428. With one folding map of "Iles Bo-nin" (the Ogasawara group). As issued, entirely uncut in original wrappers. Wrappers to volume one with some wear, chipped along edges. Comprises interesting and valuable essays and articles treating various subject related to the Far East, preceded by "M√©langes asiatiques" (1825-26). The first volume treats China and its inhabitants and literature, followed by chapters about Cambodia; the Japanese islands; the people of Tibet and Bukhara; a collection of Japanese accounts prepared by Titsingh; the British commerce in Canton (Staunton); acupuncture; and the Japanese grammar (Rodriguez); the history of the Mongols, etc. The second volume comprises: 1. "√Študes biographiques" including short accounts of famous Chinese emperors, ministers, historians, foreign missionaries, etc. and; 2. "Sur la philosophie des Hindoues d'apres les memoires de M. Colebrooke". Cordier BS 68. Lust 102. L√
∂ wendahl 866 (not calling for the map).
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ANDERSEN (ANDERSON) AENEAS :
Berättelse om ängelska beskickningen til China, under Lord Macartney. Stockholm, Johan Pfeiffer, 1796.
Pp. (vi), 250. Slightly later half calf, spine richly gilt and with red title label. Old ownership signature on free front endpaper. An abridged Swedish translation of "A Narrative of the British Embassy to China in the Years 1792, 1793, and 1794". Based on the German edition Erlangen 1795, translated by Samuel √Ėdmann. At end an appendix including a narrative by a Catholic missionary about his imprisonment in China, translated from the German (1794). Cf Cordier BS 2386.
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 ALEXANDER, WILLIAM (ILL.):, Costumes et vues de la Chine + Vues de la Chine et de la Tartarie. Gravées en taille-douce par Simon, d'après les dessins de W. Alexander. Two volumes. Paris, Nepveu, 1815.
ALEXANDER, WILLIAM (ILL.):
Costumes et vues de la Chine + Vues de la Chine et de la Tartarie. Gravées en taille-douce par Simon, d'après les dessins de W. Alexander. Two volumes. Paris, Nepveu, 1815.
16mo. Pp. 77; (iv), 62. Some leaves in second volume misbound but text is complete. With 54 coloured aquatint plates, of which 28 double page and 4 folding. Contemporary red papercovered boards ruled in gilt, red calf spines lettered and decorated in gilt. Partly with some foxing to the text but the plates are clean and bright. First edition of a very charming and attractive work on China with the most wonderful illustrations engraved after William Alexander, a British artist. Some of the plates depict portraits of emperors, mandarins, ladies and soldiers from different regions. Other illustrations depict palaces, temples, fortress, the Great Wall, military posts, barges, pheasants, arms, audiences, etc. etc. William Alexander (1767-1816) travelled to China as draughtsman with Lord Macartney's embassy to the emperor 1792-94. Scarce. Colas 74. Cordier BS 1859. Cf. Lipperheide 1528.
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