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[THOM, ROBERT] (COMPILER):
... 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 romanisations 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 ®sop's fables into Chinese. It comprises 81 fables (Yu-yen) preceded by a long preface and an introduction about the written Chinese characters. The short stories are printed in Chinese characters (woodblock) accompanied by the mandarin pronunciation of Nanking (Roman letters) and the Canton dialect (italics). Both according to Dr. Morrison's orthography. In another column a free English translation is given together with an English "direct translation" of the Chinese characters. Robert Thom came to China in 1834 and initially worked for the trading house Jardine, Matheson & Co. 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 was selected from various old sources such as Phaedrus, Avanius, Barlandus, etc. Thom dictated the fables, in mandarin Chinese, to his native teacher Mun Mooy Seen-Shang who wrote them down in a simple style called "ts‹-luh", the lowest and easiest form of Chinese composition. The first sellection of the stories was published in 1837-8 and was well received by the Chinese. "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 ®sop's fables in their Chinese sermonic works. The fables came to influence and challenge the traditional Chinese way of writing fictitious stories that had always been based on true historical events. (See Diss.: Wu, Pei-Lin "Aesop's fables in China, the transmission and transformation of the genre" (www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/42278). 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-RÉMUSAT, 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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ABEL - RÉMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE / ROSNY, LÉON DE:
Élémens 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. Le—n de Rosny. Paris, Maisonette et Cie, 1857.
. Tall 8vo. Pp. xxii, 240. Includes the Chinese title printed on yellow paper. With two 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 based on Mandarin. 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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ABEL-RÉMUSAT, 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 Ch Fâ 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. 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-Rémusat'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. Löwendahl 913. Lust 782. Zenker ii, 6793.
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 ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN PIERRE:, Mélanges posthumes d'histoire et de litérature orientales. Paris 1843.
ABEL-RÉMUSAT, 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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Book number: 100777
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ABEL-RÉMUSAT, 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 "Mélanges 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. "Études 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. Löwendahl 866 (not calling for the map).
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Book number: 100462
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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 Ödmann. 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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Book number: 100094
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 ALEXANDER, WILLIAM:, Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese. Illustrated in Fifty Coloured Engravings. London, Printed for Thomas M'Lean, Haymarket; by Howlett and Brimmer, Frith Street, Soho, (about 1827).
ALEXANDER, WILLIAM:
Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese. Illustrated in Fifty Coloured Engravings. London, Printed for Thomas M'Lean, Haymarket; by Howlett and Brimmer, Frith Street, Soho, (about 1827).
. Small 4to. Pp. (iv) with title and list of plates. With 50 hand coloured engraved plates, each accompanied with descriptive text. Interleaved with blank leaves. Half vellum on marbled boards, flat spine with green title label, lightly rubbed. Second edition of this title. The illustrations depict different occupations including entertainers, as well as costumes of royalities and commoners. The plates are printed with "published for J. Murray ... 1814" but the paper is watermarked 1825-27. Alexander published already in 1805 (and 1815) another work titled "The Costume of China" but contains different plates than found here. William Alexander, British artist, accompanied as draughtsman on Lord Macartney's official embassy to Bejing 1792-94. A handsome copy with clean and beautiful plates (tiny insignificant stain to a few plates). Colas 75. Cordier 1859. Lipperheide 1527.
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 [WRIGHT, GEORGE NEWENHAM] / ALLOM, THOMAS (ARTIST):, China; historisch, romantisch, malerisch. Carlsruhe, im Kunst-Verlag, [1843-44].
[WRIGHT, GEORGE NEWENHAM] / ALLOM, THOMAS (ARTIST):
China; historisch, romantisch, malerisch. Carlsruhe, im Kunst-Verlag, [1843-44].
. Pp. xlviii, 351. Complete with engraved title and 35 steel engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, flat spine decorated in gilt and with title label, gilt and marbled deges, extremities rubbed, binding shaken with front hinge cracked. First German edition, which is an abridgement from the original English (1843). The beautiful steel engravings are made from drawings by Thomas Allom who copied Chinese drawings from Sir George Thomas Staunton's collection and also made use of amateur sketches made by others. A lovely copy. Cordier BS 81. Lust 364. Löwendahl 987.
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Book number: 29050
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ANDERSEN, AENEAS :
Berättelse om ängelska beskickningen til China, under Lord Macartney. Stockholm 1796.
. Pp. (vi), 250. Contemporary half calf, hinges cracked (almost loose). Bookplate. An abridged Swedish translation of "A Narrative of the British Embassy to China in the Years 1792, 1793, and 1794" (1795). Based on the German edition Erlangen 1795, translated by Samuel Ödmann. Cf Cordier BS 2386.
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Book number: 7
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ANDERSON, ®NEAS:
A Narrative of the British Embassy to China, in the Years 1792, 1793, and 1794; Containing the Various Circumstances of the Embassy, with Accounts of Customs and Manners of the Chinese, and A Description of the Country, Towns, Cities, &c. &c. Basel, J.J. Tourneisen, 1795.
. Pp. xvi, 336, appendix (24). Contemporary marbled calf, flat spine with gilt decorations and red title label, lightly rubbed, front joint cracked. Bookplates on front pastedown. Anderson's account of the first British embassy to Beijing headed by Earl Macartney, first published in London the same year. Anderson was Macartney's personal servant during the expedition. Some minor staining in parts. Cordier 2386. Lust 497. Cf Löwendahl 635.
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Book number: 120367
€  680.00 [Appr.: US$ 824.94 | £UK 602 | JP¥ 85299]
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ANDERSON, ®NEAS:
A Narrative of the British Embassy to China, in the Years 1792, 1793, and 1794; Containing the Various Circumstances of the Embassy, with Accounts of Customs and Manners of the Chinese, and A Description of the Country, Towns, Cities, &c. &c. London, printed for J. Debrett, 1795.
. 4to. Pp. xxiv, 278, appendix (26). Contemporary half calf, flat spine with red title label, worn. Bookplate on front pastedown (Gustaf Bonde). Copy of Ericsberg. First edition of Anderson's account of the first British embassy to Beijing headed by Earl Macartney. Anderson was Macartney's personal servant during the expedition. Partly with some minor staining. Cordier 2386. Lust 497. Löwendahl, Sino-Western Relations, 635.
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Book number: 99694
€  900.00 [Appr.: US$ 1091.84 | £UK 796.5 | JP¥ 112895]
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ARDENNE DE TIZAC, JEAN HENRI D':
Les étoffes de la Chine. Tissus & Broderies. Paris, Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, ca 1915.
. Folio. Size: 39 x 29 cm. Pp. xii + 52 photogravure plates on heavy paper, sixteen with hand coloured details. The illustrations have French captions with the collector's name. Text and plates loose as issued in the original folder of illustrated yellow boards, cloth spine, cotton ties. A portfolio with rare and treasured ancient Chinese silk and velvet fabrics from the most prominent private French collections. Comprises embroidered clothes and garments.
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Book number: 100671
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 THE ART SERVICE DEPARTMENT, UNION OF CHINESE ARTISTS (COMPILER):, [CHINESE PAPER-CUTS]. Paper-cuts of Shantung Province. Peking 1956.
THE ART SERVICE DEPARTMENT, UNION OF CHINESE ARTISTS (COMPILER):
[CHINESE PAPER-CUTS]. Paper-cuts of Shantung Province. Peking 1956.
. With 20 mounted hand-coloured red paper-cuts (22.7 x 15.8 cm). Together with a 3-page description text printed in Chinese, English, French and German, and a 5-page booklet on Chinese paper-cuts in general. (Complete). Housed in original decorated paper folders with ivory clasps. Paper-cutting is a very popular folk art in China, each region having its own characteristic style. This set comprises two different styles of Shantung paper-cuts.
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Book number: 120683
€  300.00 [Appr.: US$ 363.95 | £UK 265.5 | JP¥ 37632]
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BALL, JAMES DYER:
Things Chinese; or, notes connected with China. Fifth edition revised by E. Chalmers Werner. London, J. Murray, 1926.
. Pp. (ii),iv,766. Publisher's cloth, lettered in gilt. Original printed dust-jacket. An alphabetical dictionary of things Chinese, with a substantial index at the end. The author was formerly British Consul at Foochow.
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Book number: 25048
€  250.00 [Appr.: US$ 303.29 | £UK 221.25 | JP¥ 31360]
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