China: Its State and Prospects, with especial reference to the Spread of the Gospel : containing allusions to the antiquity, extent, population, civilization, literature and religion of the Chinese.
London: John Snow, 1838.
First edition (third thousand). xvi, 592pp. With a number of plates, including Baxter's frontis printed in oil colours, a foldout map of the Maritime Provinces of China, and in the appendix, a chronological table of Chinese history. Contents clean, though with edge stains to the title page and the slightly soiled frontis, and a small stain to the bottom margin continuing through the earlier part of the book. There is a small splash mark to the inner margins of pp238-239, and two corners have dog-ear creases. Map folds clean. De luxe binding: text block all edges gilt, bright, and with gorgeous red silk endpapers, the pastedowns framed by broad gilt-decorated turn-ins. Firm, in the original bottle-green morocco, decorated front and back with gilt curlicues, the spine with raised bands and decorated compartments, recently professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A beautiful copy. An early reader's pencilled appreciation on the last page has been left. [Contains more than one reference to the Chinese people's objections to westerners' hypocrisy in lecturing them on behaviour while conducting the opium trade.]
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L'Indochine Francaise (Souvenirs).
Paris: Librairie Vuibert, 1930.
Nouvelle édition. 424pp, illustrated with many drawings and maps. 1932 ownership name to first blank leaf. Adhesion mark to upper margin of p.25 from former tipped-in note. Contents otherwise very clean, with marbled endpapers and sprinkled edges. In contemporary half calf with dappled brown marbled boards, spine ruled and titled in gilt, including the initial owner's name at the foot. Only the lightest indications of wear, perhaps a little very light scuffing. Very nice copy. Near Fine.
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Charming Peking: A Diary of Seven Days Spent in the Old Chinese Capital.
Peking: North China Standard, 1930.
First edition. Quarto. x, 44pp, with 12 tipped-in coloured illustrations by Gladys Mary Havers. With the author's 1952 gift inscription on blank page facing half title 'For Ruth / in remembrance of the good old days spent in China / Hope Danby/ Christmas 1952 / The Little Manor / Hawkhurst Kent'. Professional tissue repair to top edges of this and the following two leaves. Contents otherwise clean and fresh. Laid in are duplicates of two of the illustrations: one in a mount of thin card, which bears the artist's signature in pencil; the other tipped onto tinted paper, with an inked title and a nick to the edge. All being hand-coloured, they are not identical to those in the book. With the original pastedowns of deep golden silk. The book came to me with no covering to the upper board, but the faded patterned gold silk covering partially attached to the lower board. The case has been very nicely re-covered with a delicately textured off-white paper, and the (slightly creased) patterned silk re-attached to cover the upper board. Very Good+.
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