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The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical and Descriptive Letterpress.

The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical and Descriptive Letterpress.

The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical and Descriptive Letterpress.

by ORANGE, JAMES

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London.: Butterworth.. Number 77 of a limited edition of 750 copies.. 1924.. Maps including colour folding plan of City of Victoria, 18 colour plates, many in black and white, 528pp, bibliography, index, bright top edge gilt. Fore edge lightly browned, front endpapers browned, cloth very clean and bright, lettered in bright gilt, an exceptional copy in original slightly chipped dustjacket. 30.7 x 25.5cm. This remarkable book records the extraordinary collection that Hong Kong businessman Sir Paul Chater built. This volume includes descriptions and representations of the prints and maps within his collection.

Paul Chater was an energetic and innovative man who though coming from disadvantage built an enviable business empire as well as involving himself with the government of Hong Kong. He served as Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council for 30 years ending only with his death.

When Sir Paul Chater died in 1926 his collection of porcelain, prints and paintings together with Marble Hall, his mansion, was bequeathed to the Government of Hong Kong to be handed over on the death of his wife. Following her death in 1935 ownership was transferred to the Hong Kong government and the mansion became Admiralty House, the official residence of the Naval Commander in Chief. Unfortunately for the people of Hong Kong, Chater's magnificent collection formed over so many years, was greatly damaged and the majority lost, during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. Although 430 items were described by curator and author of this book James Orange, the whereabouts of only 94 are known of today and they now form a valuable part of the Art Museum of Hong Kong. (Wikipedia). .

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Asia Bookroom AU (AU)
Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical and Descriptive Letterpress.
Author
ORANGE, JAMES
Book Condition
Used
Edition
Number 77 of a limited edition of 750 copies.
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Butterworth.
Place of Publication
London.
Date Published
1924.
Keywords
Art, Asia, China, East Asia, History, Hong Kong, Lingnan, Macau, Painting, zz_Gallery_Antiquarian

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Asia Bookroom is a large open shop specialising in books on Asia. We also have smaller sections on the Middle East and the Pacific. Our stock ranges from antiquarian books through to new books. We also carry ephemera relating to Asia including an interesting range of 19th and 20th Century ephemera published in East Asia in English, Chinese and Japanese.

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