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Shanghai, 3 postcards sent by a photographer in Shanghai to his family in Scotland
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Shanghai, 3 postcards sent by a photographer in Shanghai to his family in Scotland

By [China; Photography]

Shanghai: Brewer & Co. Booksellers, 1902. Good + overall. Three full back postcards of Shanghai published in Shanghai, with blue images entitled, "Honan Road, Shanghai", "Tea House, Native City, Shanghai", and "Loong Hwa Pagoda near Shanghai". Brewer & Co are recorded in a 1904 edition of "The Directory and Chronicle for China ..." as being located at 31 Nanking Road. The author who signs his postcards "D" is evidently a Shanghai photographer: he writes that he worked until 10 o'clock the previous night on the photographs, but worries that there is something wrong with the plates. "There are a great many little holes in them -- some not so little. But I think there ought to be a few good results." There is a D. MacLennan listed as in the employ of Chinese Maritime Customs Service Index, first appointed in July 1891 as a Watcher, and retired in Apr 1928 as Chief Tide Surveyor and Harbour Master in Ningpo. (Ancestry.com). Two are signed with the initial "D", the third signed, "L. Ross". All are addressed to a Miss MacLennan, at 2 addresses in Scotland: 11 Thirlestane Road, Edinburgh, and at Eglinton, Wellington Road, Nairn. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4", a few corner defects, a diagonal crack in the Honan Road postcard, extending a small distance into the image. Postally used, undivided backs, green King Edward VII half penny stamps, canceled Edinburgh, 02.

$250.00

Cricket at Hong Kong
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Cricket at Hong Kong

London: The Graphic, 1876. A full page woodcut print from The Graphic, published in 1876. An image of a cricket game being played by Westerners, with the harbour full of ships and mountainous area on the far side of the harbour. In the foreground, some Chinese and Westerners pass by the game, some in sedan chairs, with one sedan chair dodging a ball that has flown off field. Margins ample but slightly trimmed. Black & white as issued.

$100.00

The United States Magazine and Democratic Review.  Vol XXI, July to December 1847, New Series
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The United States Magazine and Democratic Review. Vol XXI, July to December 1847, New Series

By Kettell, Thomas Prentice ed

New York, 1847. Hardcover. Good + overall. Subjects include the War with Mexico (Mexican American War, p514 - 524), Washington Irving (p488), Railroads (p338), conditions of China (p397), and Peru (p129) The Mexican War article, titled "Incidents of the War" recommends Captain W. S. Henry's work titled, 'Campaign Sketches of the War with Mexico'. 8vo, 568 pp. Four mezzotint portraits as frontispiece portraits. Full tan calf, title in gilt on black spine compartments. Covers rubbed, some fox spotting at margins of frontispiece portraits.

$75.00

Membership Certificate of the Auxiliary Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church
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Membership Certificate of the Auxiliary Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church

New York: Knapp Co., 1898. Ephemera. Very good condition. An illustrated lithograph certifying Josie Tennant as a life member of the Poughkeepsie, NY chapter of the Missionary Society. The teacher holds a Buddha in one hand while pointing to China on the map of Asia on the wall. His audience of children includes an African American and a Chinese child. The children are attentive and some are donating funds to the cause ($3). Completed and signed by Sidney H. Austin, and G.G Ostrander. The Missionary societies of all religions gave handsome certificates to their donors, and clearly were successful at targeting men, women and even children. 9 1/4 x 12", b&w, cream paper with decoration. Toned evenly, couple sml. marks in far margins.

$125.00

Rev. W. C. Burns, pioneer missionary to China, in Christian Herald and Signs of Our Times
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Rev. W. C. Burns, pioneer missionary to China, in Christian Herald and Signs of Our Times

By [Burns, William Chalmers]

New York: The Christian Herald, 1883. Very good condition. Front page illustrated article on the noted Scottish missionary to China, who began his service with the English Presbyterian Mission in 1847 in Hong Kong. Burns (1815 - 1868) traveled widely with James Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, and both worked in the remote interior of the country, with Burns remaining in China for 20 years. Front page article with 5 captioned woodblock illustrations which include: a portrait of Burns; "A Chinaman putting his god into a pot of boiling water"; "A Chinese convert attacked by a band of ruffians"; "A Chinese Christian going to Chapel with his family"; and "A missionary driven into burning ruins by a mob". Large 4to, 9 3/4 x 13". Single disbound issue, Number 49, pp 309 -322. Article on Burns measures 57 column inches. Slight crease lower corner.

$75.00

Stone warriors at the tomb of Zhu Yuanzhang, founding emperor of the Ming dynasty, Nanking, Kiangsu province, photograph
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Stone warriors at the tomb of Zhu Yuanzhang, founding emperor of the Ming dynasty, Nanking, Kiangsu province, photograph

By [China; Photography]

Nanking, 1900. Otherwise very good condition. A b&w photograph of stone warriors and a Chinese man standing behind, mountains in the background. Hongwu Emperor (Zhu Yuanzhang) ruled for 30 years and was buried at Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum on the Purple Mountain, in the east of Nanjing. Zhu Yuanzhang ended the Mongol led Yuan dynasty. He is known for rebuilding a country ravaged by war, supporting agriculture, reducing taxes and establishing laws protecting the property of peasants. 4 x 5 5/6", b&w, corners/edges slt. rubbed.

$75.00

Chinese couple incarcerated together, photograph
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Chinese couple incarcerated together, photograph

1900. A silver tone photograph of a young couple, a Chinese man, and a woman - bound together by a wooden yoke (known as a cangue) around their necks resting on their shoulders, standing outside what appears to be a municipal building. The woman appears to have a harelip. The crime? ... 5 1/2 x 4", small chip out of top left corner, otherwise very good condition.

$75.00

Chinese Laquered Coffin, and Shrine. 2 Albumen photographs
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Chinese Laquered Coffin, and Shrine. 2 Albumen photographs

1900. Very good condition. Two photographs, one of a dark shiny laquered coffin arranged on two supports, on verso is a handwritten caption, "Foochan Lacquer, cost 200 pounds." The second albumen photo is a shrine with many candles surrounding a statue, the title within the photo is "The Emperor Kien [Dung?] in the Shrine of the Temple 500 Genii, Canton", on verso is handwritten, 'Marco Polo in background.' (?) The Marco Polo statue is behind the Emperor's left shoulder. Photographs 5 3/4 x 4", and 5 3/8 x 4" respectively. Lower corner of the laquer coffin image has a closed tear, both with slight wrinkling not affecting images.

$95.00

Shanghai Fisherman and Sampan.  Original watercolor painting
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Shanghai Fisherman and Sampan. Original watercolor painting

By Fredden-Goldberg, Fred

Shanghai, 1945. Very good condition. Compelling original watercolor painting on paper, signed and dated at the lower left, by noted American artist, Fred Fredden-Goldberg (1889 - 1973). Little is known about the artist, except that he fled Nazi persecution in Europe around 1938, surviving in the Shanghai Jewish ghetto during the war before emigrating to the US and settling in San Francisco around 1946. In Shanghai he painted these scenes of everyday life. Depicting a fisherman with one hand on his net, the other steering the large oar on his sampan, the traditional flat bottomed boats of Shanghai, with decorative painted panel on the stern. 7 3/4 x 10". Tipped on to larger sheet; painted signature and date.

$75.00

Shanghai Man and Child, Beggars.  Original watercolor painting
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Shanghai Man and Child, Beggars. Original watercolor painting

By Fredden-Goldberg, Fred

Shanghai, 1945. Very good condition. Compelling original watercolor painting on paper, signed and dated at the lower left, by noted American artist, Fred Fredden-Goldberg (1889 - 1973). Little is known about the artist, except that he fled Nazi persecution in Europe around 1938, surviving in the Shanghai Jewish ghetto during the war before emigrating to the US and settling in San Francisco around 1946. In Shanghai he painted these scenes of everyday life. Depicting a pair of Shanghai beggars: a smiling bearded man with a collection bucket over one arm, his hand resting on the shoulder of a young girl who stretches out her hand in supplication. 7 3/4 x 10". Tipped on to larger sheet; painted signature and date.

$75.00

Shanghai Street Vendor with Cart.  Original watercolor painting
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Shanghai Street Vendor with Cart. Original watercolor painting

By Fredden-Goldberg, Fred

Shanghai, 1945. Very good condition. Compelling original watercolor painting on paper, signed and dated at the lower left, by noted American artist, Fred Fredden-Goldberg (1889 - 1973). Little is known about the artist, except that he fled Nazi persecution in Europe around 1938, surviving in the Shanghai Jewish ghetto during the war before emigrating to the US and settling in San Francisco around 1946. In Shanghai he painted these scenes of everyday life. Depicting a man in straw hat pushing a large cart laden with four large straw baskets of goods. 7 3/4 x 10". Tipped on to larger sheet; painted signature and date.

$75.00

China atrocities in 1911 Revolution. 7 Reprints of photographs

1960. Very good condition. Seven b&w printed photographic images of the 1911 Revolution in Canton in which 72 revolutionaries were beheaded. Known as the Second Guangzhou Uprising, (in Chinese, the Yellow Flower Mound Uprising), it was a failed uprising led by Huang Xing and his fellow revolutionaries against the Qing Dynasty. Today these revolutionaries are commemorated as the "72 Martyrs". Captions include: These "Chinks" will rob no more; After the execution, a pair who paid; Just a few more minutes in China; A fair warning, heads in basket; Executing girl students; Death of a thousand cuts, making the last cut before death; and After the cleanup, Canton. Reprints, captioned in white in each image, and in ink in a later hand on verso, in English. 5 1/4 x 3 1/4"

$75.00

The Travelers' Handbook for China (Including Hong Kong)

By [China] Crow, Carl

New York: Dodd Mead, 1921. Third edition, revised. Hardcover. Good + overall. Carl Crow (1884 - 1945) an American newspaperman, author and traveler moved to Shanghai in 1911; he was one of the most successful Americans in the city, opening the first western advertising agency in Shanghai and founding the Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury. Crow's Handbook was enormously popular; this edition includes the color folding map of the settlements or municipalities of Shanghai, the French, the "Chinese City" and the International Settlement. Crow lived in the city for a quarter of a century, a period which began with the collapse of the Qing Dynasty. He departed in 1937 as the city was being bombed by the Japanese. Large 12mo, v, 314pp, Index [x] pp, 9 maps of which 6 are folding. Original blue gilt cloth, title in English and Chinese in gilt at front cover; rear cover with yin yang device within gilt boarder. English title at spine, gilt slightly faded. Binding separated from text block, front end papers torn & marked at bottom edges, three of folding maps loosely inserted.

$225.00

Central Asia and Tibet. Towards the Holy City of Lassa.  Volumes I & II
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Central Asia and Tibet. Towards the Holy City of Lassa. Volumes I & II

By Hedin, Sven

London & New York: Hurst & Blackett; Charles Scribners, 1903. First American edition. Hardcover. Very good overall. Account of Hedin's second expedition through Central Asia, mapping regions previously unexplored in Northern Tibet. Hedin was the first European scientific explorer to hire indigenous scientists and research assistants. He tried in vain to enter Lhasa, forbidden to Europeans, disguised as a pilgrim, but was turned away, and continued on to India. In two volumes complete with the 5 folding maps on 4 sheets. Large 8vo, 2 volumes. Volume I: xvii, 608 pp, frontispiece & 4 maps, illustrations throughout. Volume II: xiv, 664 pp, frontispiece and folding map, illustrations throughout. Top edges gilt. Original burgundy gilt pictorial gilt cloth, spines sunned, spine ends slightly rubbed; text and maps bright and clean. OCLC: 780282245.

$300.00

Through Asia.  Volumes I & II
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Through Asia. Volumes I & II

By Hedin, Sven

New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Hardcover. Very good condition. Account of Hedin's first expedition of 16,000 miles through central Asia, during which he traveled in the region of the Pamir Mountains, the Tarim Basin, the Taklamakan Desert, Lake Bosten and Lake Kara Koshun in northwest China, before heading on to Tibet. Hedin's works are quite scarce & sought after for their account of his courage and their thorough ethnographic & scientific record. Lovely binding by W. Roach & Co. of New York. The engraved bookplate of C. Will Chappell "Old Orchard", at front paste down of each volume. Tall 8vo. Volume I: frontispiece, xviii, 649 pp, folding map. Volume II: frontispiece, xii, pp 653- 1255, folding map. Three quarter green gilt morocco and marbled boards; spine with gilt raised bands and gilt decorated compartments. Covers slightly rubbed at edges; text and illustrations very bright and clean. OCLC: 601137589.

$245.00

Two Gentlemen of China. An Intimate Description of the Private Life of Two Patrician Chinese Families, Their Homes, Loves, Religion, Mirth, Sorrow, & Many Other Aspects of Their Family Life

By Lady Hosie (Dorothea Soothill Hosie)

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1924. First American edition. Hardcover. Good + overall. 8vo, 316 pp, frontispiece, b&w printed photographic illustrations throughout. Red-orange gilt cloth, gilt stamped design of pagoda on front cover. Spine sunned, rear cover dusty; deaccessed from Bristol public library; library stamp at front & on title page, text bright and clean.

$35.00

A Necklace of Peach-Stones

By Cornaby, W. Arthur

Shanghai: North China Daily News & Herald, 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. 4to, 401 pp, color frontispiece, b&w in text illustrations throughout. Tan pictorial cloth, title in black on spine. Previous owner name on front end paper; text and illustrations bright and clean.

$30.00

Letter to family during a trip in Shanghai
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Letter to family during a trip in Shanghai

By [China]

1933. Very good condition. Adeline writes a newsy letter to "Dear Sister Anna and My Dorothea" from Shanghai commenting on the number of Catholics in China ("there are two large convents and several churches..."), with the bulk of the letter describing Jessfield Park (now Zhongshan Park), the "Sukiyaki feeds', eating in the Japanese style, and how the food is prepared. "I don't know how those B.C. eggs taste... they looked dark and the white looked mottled, ... I could not bring myself to taste them." She is clearly enjoying herself, and asks for more letters from home, "You see, I'm so full of what I see I can't write fast enough to tell all I want to." 4pp on 2 folded sheets, 9 x 7", written in ink on both sides, short splits at some folds.

$75.00

Chinese street scene with YMCA Reading room in background, photograph
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Chinese street scene with YMCA Reading room in background, photograph

1890. Very good condition. An albumen photograph, detached from a stereoview, of a busy street in China. Many peddlars with their wares, and people walking the street. The Young Men's Christian Association Reading Writing and Coffee Rooms banner in English, and building in background with Chinese characters. 3 x 3 1/4", b&w, cut in the shape of a stereoscopic image.

$75.00

The Chinese Painted by Themselves

By Tcheng Ki Tong, Colonel

London: Field and Tuer, 1890. Hardcover. Good + condition. 8vo, frontispiece, 203 pp. Bound in the original decorated green gilt cloth with red design at front board, 203, 24pp ads. Some wear to extremities; corners bumped; text browned as is normal with this paper. Binder's label at rear paste down, Westleys & Co., London.

$45.00

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