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THRIVING CHOSEN: a survey of twenty-five years' administration
(Seoul, Korea): Government-General of Chosen, 1935.
Quarto, pp (4), 94 + large colour folding map at front + many photos,some printed in blue, and maps and charts. Original white boards printed in black and silver, ribbon tied, sewn in the Japanese manner. Sticker shadow to lower inner corner of front cover; mild soiling to covers; vertical crease to first two leaves caused by the folding map; bump to upper inner corner of front cover; tear to the silk guard at head of spine; yellowing to page edges, toning to text paper; compliments of the Government-General label affixed to top of spine; else a VG clean and tight copy. Japanese propaganda about their "benign" rule in Korea. Japan seized Korea in 1895 and treated the Koreans, who they regarded as an inferior race, very, very badly, as they did the Chinese and others. A scarce book today, informative and appealing.
$495.00                          Book Number: 41994                          Order / Enquire

BALL, J. Dyer
THINGS CHINESE, or notes connected with China.
New York: Scribner's, 1906.
Fourth edition, revised & enlarged (first was in 1892). Octavo, yellow pictorial cloth stamped in black & gilt, yellow top page edges and endpapers. pp [2], (v)-xii, 816; index and glossary at rear. Lightly darkened spine a bit mottled; light soiling to covers; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; VG otherwise, tight and unworn. Ink signature and memorial bookplate at front of Ross H. Macdonald (1912-81). Prof. Macdonald, of Victoria College, University of Toronto, taught the first course on Korean culture (1971-72) at a Canadian university; an undergraduate scholarship in East Asian studies is awarded by the University of Toronto in his memory. An alphabetically arranged extensive guide to China written by a member of the British civil service in Hong Kong. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$125.00                          Book Number: 41960                          Order / Enquire

THE NEW FAR WEST AND THE OLD FAR EAST: Being notes on a tour in North America, Japan, China, Ceylon, etc
London: Edward Stanford, 1889.
Octavo, green pictorial cloth gilt, black endpapers. pp (xii), 316, (4, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard + 7 other plates + 3 colour folding maps. Book a bit leaned, some foxing early and late, yellowing and foxing to the page edges, else a fine, bright copy, no owner names, inner hinges not cracked. The first 11 chapters deal with his journey from Toronto to Vancouver Island.
$195.00                          Book Number: 36645                          Order / Enquire

Beasley, W.G.St
The Meiji Restoration
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1972.
Brown cloth. pp (xiv), 513. Map at front, notes, annotated bibliography, index. Ink owner name at front, else fine. Jacket has minor use, VG. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$40.00                          Book Number: 43879                          Order / Enquire

London: Sampson Low, Marston, no date (1936), 1936.
Octavo, black cloth. pp (xii), 244 + 7 (of 8) plates. LACKS THE FRONTSIPIECE. Ex private lending library, with remains of label at bottom margin of last page; rubber stamp inside front cover, as well as skinning from removed labels at front and rear; two ink digits on front free endpaper; scattered foxing; in all, a good, sound copy, tight in the binding, of this scarce book about the author's experiences with an irregular force in the hills of the North-West Frontier of Pakistan (then India.)
$35.00                          Book Number: 31425                          Order / Enquire

BROWN, Elmer
CANADA AND JAPAN. Drawings by D. Kondo
London: Ryerson, 1932.
Octavo, yellow cloth gilt. pp (viii), 86 + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 13 other plates. Fine copy, no owner marks. A Vancouver schoolteacher was sponsored by the school board to tour Japan, and this is his account of seven weeks’ travel, focusing on education. AMICUS locates at LAC (3), U of T, and UBC. Uncommon book.
$35.00                          Book Number: 33732                          Order / Enquire

Cable, Mildred with Francesca French
THE STORY OF TOPSY: Little Lonely of Central Asia
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1937.
Octavo, blue cloth lettered in white, endpaper maps. pp viii, 9-212 + plates. Illustrations in text. Light rubbing to spine ends, tidy ink owner name at top margin of half-title page; else fine. The dust jacket has a chip at head of lightly yellowed white spine, with loss of one letter and part of another affected; VG+ otherwise, flap price intact. Missionaries in China at the western extremity of the Great Wall, Mongolia to the north, Tibet to the south.
$35.00                          Book Number: 36216                          Order / Enquire

CHAPMAN, F. Spencer
MEMOIRS OF A MOUNTAINEER: Helvellyn to Himalaya . Lhasa: the holy city
London: Chatto & Windus, 1951.
Revised and reprinted. First published in two separate volumes in 1940 and 1938. First one volume, revised, was in 1945. Octavo, blue cloth. pp (2), 445 + frontispiece portait and numerous other plates and folding map at rear. Index. Spine and spine lettering faded, a good, clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy otherwise.
$18.00                          Book Number: 42917                          Order / Enquire

COLLIER, Price (1860-1913)
THE WEST IN THE EAST from an American Point of View.
Toronto: McClelland & Goodchild, 1911.
Dark green cloth, spine gilt lettered. pp [2], (xii), 534. Bookplate on front free endpaper, else a VG clean and unworn copy. Of the 11 chapters (plus a Conclusion), the first 8 are about his experiences in India. Chapter 9 is on China, 10 on Japan, and 11 on "Things Japanese, Korean, and Manchurian.
$40.00                          Book Number: 11073                          Order / Enquire

COLLIER, Price (1860-1919)
London: Duckworth, 1913.
pp [2], (xii), 534, [2]. In a nice full red calf school prize binding (St. John’s College, Rupert’s Land), spine with two labels, elaborate gilt decoration, sides with decorative gilt borders, gilt arms of school on front cover, marbled endpapers and page edges, bound-in ribbong marker. 1914 ink prize inscription at front; a fine copy. Of the 11 chapters (plus a Conclusion), the first 8 are about his experiences in India. Chapter 9 is on China, 10 on Japan, and 11 on "Things Japanese, Korean, and Manchurian.
$75.00                          Book Number: 27598                          Order / Enquire

CONROY, Hilary
THE JAPANESE SEIZURE OF KOREA: 1868-1910. A study of realism and idealism in international relations
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1960.
Brown cloth, endpapers maps. pp 544 + plates. Bibliography, index. Some pencil scoring and annotations in text, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$25.00                          Book Number: 43927                          Order / Enquire

London: Oxford University Press, 1946.
Orange cloth, spine gilt lettered, endpaper maps, red top edges. pp (xviii), (214) + frontispiece portrait and 3 other photos. Thin covers a little bowed, with small soft bumps to outer corners; tidy ink owner name on blank recto of frontispiece; else a VG+ clean and bright copy. Orange on cream dusty jacket has minor wear to tips of lightly darkened spine, VG otherwise, flap price intact, quite nice. A big game hunting classic (tigers in India), previously published in India in 1944.
$45.00                          Book Number: 28440                          Order / Enquire

London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1958.
Octavo, green boards. pp 237, (3). Map in text. Text paper lightly toned, yellowing to page edges, corner crease to one leaf, else a fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has short tears, slight rubbing, crease to front flap, VG otherwise. About Crawford's experiences fighting the Communist insurgency in Malaya. "This book is an account of my experiences in Malaya and Singapore in 1954-55, when I had the privilege of serving as a Second Lieutenant with the First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)." - Foreword. Uncommon book.
$35.00                          Book Number: 33548                          Order / Enquire

DER LING, Princess
San Francisco, CA: Chinese Materials Center, 1977.
Orange boards. pp (4), (xiv), 383 + plates. Tidy ink owner name on front pastedown, else fine in like jacket. Facsimile reprint from plates of the US sixth printing (NY: Moffat, Yard, 1912). No. 68 in this publishers reprint series (printed in China). Princess Der Ling was first lady in waiting to the empress dowager of China.
$30.00                          Book Number: 28880                          Order / Enquire

GORDON, Antoinette K.
New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharal Publishers, 1978.
First Indian edition, a photo reprint of the the 2nd edition, revised, of 1958 (first edition was Columbia University Press, 1939). Quarto, brown cloth. (xxxii), 131, (3) pp. Colour frontispiece and one other colour plate inserted, many black & white photos in text. Front cover a bit bowed, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has short tears, tiny chps to spine tips; light soiling to rear panel; VG otherwise. An important book on the subject. The second edition added 31 "thang-kas" to the text of the first edition. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$35.00                          Book Number: 9104                          Order / Enquire

THE CRUISE OF THE MARCHESA TO KAMSCHATKA & NEW GUINEA, with notices of Formose, Liu-Kiu, and various islands of the Malay Archipelago...Second edition
New York: Scribner & Welford, 1889.
Second edition, abridged (first was London, 1886, two volumes). Octavo, dark blue boards gilt, brown endpapers. pp (2), (xx), 455 + 13 colour maps (5 folding) + 28 b&w plates; 111 illustrations and one map in text. Preface to Second Edition - "In the present Edition the reduction to one volume has necessitated the omission of the Appendices, together with the Chapter on the History of Kamschatka. The two hand-coloured plates of birds have also been omitted, but with these exceptions both the text and woodcuts remain the same as in the First Edition." Book just a little leaned; spine has nicks, very small chip, and rubbing at ends, as well as some light damp spotting; cracked front inner hinge neatly reparied; some foxing early and late; yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Account of a British natural history expedition aboard the Marchesa, chiefly focusing on birds, January 1882 - April 1884. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$175.00                          Book Number: 36864                          Order / Enquire

TOLD ROUND A BRUSHWOOD FIRE. The Autobiography of Arai Hakuseki. Translated and with an Introduction and Notes by Joyce Ackroyd.
Princeton, NJ / Tokyo: Princeton University Press / University of Tokyo Press., 1979.
Octavo, hardcover, blue and white cloth. xii, 347 pp. Fine in jacket, no previous owner marks. "The celebrated Confucian scholar Ara Hakuseki (1657-1725) holds a prominent position in Japanese history as the influential adviser to Shogun Tokugawa Ienobu and his successor Ietsugu...[this book] was the first Japanese autobiography and is often singled out as the most outstanding. As primary source material for the first half of the Tokugawa period, it constitutes a unique historical supplement t o the official records." - jacket.
$30.00                          Book Number: 17553                          Order / Enquire

HOPKINS, (E. Washburn and Charles C. Torrey, editors).
New Haven, CT: American Oriental Society, 1904.
Tall octavo, hardcover, original black buckram, spine gilt lettered. [2], (iv), (197)-366 pp. Pages 351-58 (from List of Members) and 361-64 (List of Exchanges) have been removed for some reason, complete otherwise. Drawings in text, two plates inserted. Text paper a bit toned, wear to spine tips; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired, VG clean and tight copy otherwise, no owner names. 14 papers: on the Kayans and Sea Dyaks of Borneo, the structure of the Code of Hammurabi, "Notes on Bloody Sacrifices in Palestine", Palmyrene inscriptions, notes on the Rig-Veda, and more. "This volume is for July-December, 1904. Issued December 2, 1904, in an edition of 500 copies." - verso of title leaf.
$35.00                          Book Number: 17084                          Order / Enquire

CAPITALISM AND THE FAR EAST. With an Introduction by J.C. Wedgwood, M.P., D.S.O.
London: The Independent Labour Party, 1921.
16 pp, stapled, in self wrappers. A little curled at bottom from light damp stain throughout; else fine. I.L.P. Pamphlets. New Series. No. 43. "A war between the Unites States and Japan may not be the end of civilization, but it would certainly mean the ultimate doom of Europe becase of its effect on the development of China." Focuses on China and Japan. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.
$20.00                          Book Number: 22952                          Order / Enquire

HUC, (M.) [Evariste Regis Huc, 1813-60].
SOUVENIRS D'UN VOYAGE DANS LA TARTARIE, LE THIBET ET LA CHINE Pendant les annees 1844, 1845 et 1846. Deuxième édition
Paris: Adrien le Clere, 1853.
Second edition. Two volumes, 12mo. pp 440; (iv), 318. Folding map at front of volume I. Half titles present. Bound in contemporary (publishers?) full marbled sheep, spines with two red labels and gilt decoration, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers. Shallow chips at spine ends; some rubbing and a bit of peeling to the patterned surface; cracked joints of volume II neatly repaired; ink owner name in top margin of each title page; 8 cm closed tear to right hand side of map neatly repaired on blank side with clear archival paper tape (no paper loss); bit of flaking to gilt spine ornamentation; cracked inner hinges skillfully repaired with rice paper; else a VG pair, sound in the bindings; text quite clean and unworn. Huc was a French Lazarist missionary who went out to China in 1839. He stayed in Macao 18 months, then made his way to Peking and eventually to He Shuy, just inside the Mogolian border, where he devoted himself to learning the language and customs of the Tartars. At the urging of the vicar apostolic of Mongolia, he set out on an expedition to Tibet in 1844. After much suffering and crossing the punishing Ordos Desert, his party reached the Tibet border in Jan., 1845, where he stayed for a few months at the famous Kunbum Lamasery where he studied Tibetan and Buddhism. The party eventually reached Lhasa 19 Jan., 1846, but Chinese authorities ordered him to Canton in Oct., 1846, where he remained for nearly 3 years before returning to Europe in shattered health in 1852. The present book was famous in its day and was translated into English by William Hazlitt in 1851. "[Huc's] works are written in a lucid, racy, picturesque style, which secured for them an unusual degree of popularity. The SOUVENIRS is a narrative of a remarkable feat of travel, and contains passages of so singular a character as in the absence of corroborative testimony to stir up a feeling of incredulity. That Huc was suspected unjustly was amply proved by later research. But he was by no means a practical geographer, and the record of his travels loses greatly in value from the want of precise scientific data." - EB, 11th edition. This second edition was re-set, but with few textual changes from the 1850 first edition.
$150.00                          Book Number: 44115                          Order / Enquire

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