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Chinese in Australia - Nineteenth Century Government Reports.
WHITE AUSTRALIA POLICY - CHINESE IMMIGRATION.
A collection of 9 nineteenth century government reports relating to the Chinese in Australia, occasional tears at margins, very good condition. Reports in this collection are: Chinese Immigration. (Petition from Citizens of Sydney) NSW. 1858. 1pp. An Act to Regulate and restrict the Immigration of Chinese. NSW. 1861. 3pp. Chinese Immigration. (Sofala, Western Gold Fields). NSW. 1861. 1pp. A Bill. To regulate and restrict the Immigration of Chinese. Victoria. 1861. 4pp. Chinese Immigration Act (Despatch) NSW 1862. 2pp. An Act to Regulate and restrict the Immigration of Chinese into New South Wales. NSW. 1881.(Tear at upper margin with loss to a single letter of text only). 4pp. A Bill. For the better Protection of Chinese from insult ill-treatment and assault. Victoria. 1881. 2pp. Influx of Chinese. (Correspondence Respecting). NSW. 1893. 8pp. Influx of Asiatics. (Petition from Certain Residents of the Colony, Against). NSW. 1893. 1pp. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 138908) ... more
Stock ID: 138908
The Straits Chinese House. Domestic Life and Traditions.
LEE, PETER AND JENNIFER CHEN.
Colour photographic illustrations, most full or double page, 123pp, glossary, notes, concordance (catalogue references), bibliography, paperback quarto. "The Straits Chinese or Peranakan community is perhaps one of the oldest overseas Chinese communities in history, having established itself in the Malay archipelago as early as the seventeenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, this community had gained prominence, not only for the wealth, education and lavish lifestyles of its most successful members, but also for its active participation in civic life and government. The Straits Chinese are distinguished by their rich culture rooted in Chinese tradition, yet indelibly influenced by Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British cultures. This volume gives unique insight into their lifestyle and traditions, fascinating for being at once distinctive and eclectic. It takes readers on a journey through their home, which is clearly an expression of their fine art, elaborate rituals and eclectic traditions." Publisher's description. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 100434) ... more
Stock ID: 100434
Fire and Sword in Shansi. The Story of the Martyrdom of Foreigners and Chinese Christians.
Map, black and white photographic plates, 325pp, index, endpapers and last blanks quite browned and foxed, some occasional light foxing throughout, pictorial upper cover and spine, lettered in gilt, some occasional marks cloth, a good copy. The author, medical missionary, Dr Edwards and his wife were on leave at the time of the Boxer Rebellion meaning that they survived whereas the others of their mission were killed. Dr Edwards had served in China for 20 years, 18 of which in Shansi Province, at the time this book was written. Following the massacre he cut short his leave to return to China. He was not able to return to Shansi for some time but during this time of waiting he was able to communicate with some of the Christians in the province who survived while also acting as interpreter for the German forces. As soon as he could he returned alone to Shansi and was there for a number of months before others joined him. In the introductory note by Dr Alexander Maclaren he states that "[the author] had therefore unequalled opportunities of gathering facts, and his narrative includes many hitherto unpublished particulars, obtained and verified on the spot.". (When referring to this item please quote stockid 41519) ... more
Stock ID: 41519
Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints.
MARKS, ANDREAS WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY BRUCE A COATS, MICHAEL EMMERICH, SUSANNE FORMANEK, SEPP LINHART AND RHIANNON PAGET.
Heavily illustrated with colour plates throughout, 288pp, appendices, bibliography, hardback, quarto in dustjacket. A very handsome production. Signed by the author and contributor Rhiannon Paget. Genji's world in Japanese Woodblock Prints provides the first comprehensive overview of Genji prints, an exceptional subject and publishing phenomenon among Japanese woodblock prints that gives insight into nineteenth-century Japan and its art practices. In the late 1820s, when the writer Ryūtei Tanehiko (1783–1842), the print designer and book illustrator Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865) and the publisher Tsuruya Kiemon sat down together in Edo to plot the inaugural chapter of the serial novel A Rustic Genji by a Fraudulent Murasaki (Nise Murasaki inaka Genji), it is doubtful that any one of them envisioned that their actions would generate a new genre in Japanese woodblock prints that would flourish until the turn of the century, Genjie (“Genji pictures”). During these sixty years, over 1,300 original designs were created, of which many were very popular at their time of release. The story of A Rustic Genji, set in fifteenth-century Japan, is in many respects drawn from Murasaki Shikibu’s (c.973–1014/25) classic novel The Tale of Genji from the early eleventh century. As the foremost collection of prints of this subject, the extensive holdings of Paulette and Jack Lantz provided the majority of images necessary for this publication Appendices are: Index of Genji Prints (By Artist), Index of Erotic Genji Prints and Illustrated Books, Poems from The Tales of Genji frequently encountered in Ukiyo-e. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 140217) ... more
Stock ID: 140217
Chinese History. A New Manual.
xxiii + 1124 pages, indices, list of publishers, paperback. Endymion Wilkinson's bestselling manual of Chinese history has long been an indispensable guide to all those interested in the civilization and history of China. In this latest edition, now in a bigger format, its scope has been dramatically enlarged by the addition of one million words of new text. Twelve years in the making, the new manual introduces students to different types of transmitted, excavated, and artifactual sources from prehistory to the twentieth century. It also examines the context in which the sources were produced, preserved, and received, the problems of research and interpretation associated with them, and the best, most up-to-date secondary works. Because the writing of history has always played a central role in Chinese politics and culture, special attention is devoted to the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese historiography. The new manual comprises fourteen book-length parts subdivided into a total of seventy-six chapters: Books 1--9 cover Language; People; Geography and the Environment; Governing and Educating; Ideas and Beliefs, Literature, and the Fine Arts; Agriculture, Food, and Drink; Technology and Science; Trade; and Historiography.
Books 10--13 present primary and secondary sources chronologically by period. Book 14 is on historical bibliography. Electronic resources are covered throughout. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 140195) ... more
Stock ID: 140195
Singapore Through 19th Century Photographs.
Maps, black and white/sepia photographic illustrations, 176 pages, index, endnotes, oblong quarto, dustjacket. This is a lavishly illustrated virtual tour of Singapore between the 1840s and the early 1900s - a bustling metropolis that has now changed beyond recognition. Featuring more than 120 rare photographs from leading institutions and private collections, this superbly illustrated volume takes readers on evocative virtual tour of Singapore, from the early 1840s to the 1900s. Emphasising the topographical and architectural landscape of the city and its surroundings, "Singapore Through 19th-Century Photographs" paints an intimate portrait of a vibrant metropolis that has now changed beyond recognition. This volume also presents a fascinating exploration of this defining period in the history of commercial photography - when many Western studio photographers began to seek their fortunes in the Orient, leading to an unprecedented level of rapid development. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 130241) ... more
Stock ID: 130241
Woven Cargoes. Indian Textiles in the East.
Maps, profusely illustrated with colour and black and white photographic illustrations, 192pp, index, bibliography, notes, glossary, hardback quarto, little wear to dustjacket along edges, otherwise a very good copy. "The dazzlingly varied cloths presented in this book are the visual record of one of the great untold stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. Outstanding among them are the patterned cottons - the famous chintzes - and the tie-and-dye silk patola, reserved for rulers and nobility. John Guy examines the history of the cloth-for-spices trade, describes the techniques of textile production, and then look in detail at the place of imported cloths in the Malay world, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. The historical focus is on the 17th and 18th centuries, when the trade was at its peak." Publisher's description. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 127516) ... more
Stock ID: 127516
Children of the Occupation. Japan's Untold Story.
Maps, black and white photographic illustrations, xvi + 304 pages, index, notes, paperback. This is a beautifully written, deeply moving and well-researched account of the lives of mixed-race children of occupied Japan. The author artfully blends oral histories with an historical and political analysis of international race relations and immigration policy in North America and Australia, to highlight the little-known story of the thousands of children that resulted from the unions of Japanese women and Allied servicemen posted to Japan following WWII. It is a powerful narrative of loss, longing and reconnection, written by the ABC's long-time Tokyo correspondent, Walter Hamilton. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 138948) ... more
Stock ID: 138948
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