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Une Campagne au Tonkin.
HOCQUARD, [CHARLES-ÉDOUARD] DOCTEUR.
2 maps, 246 black and white engravings, 539pp. Handsome red full morocco, spine gilt, raised bands, "Offert par le ministre de l'instruction publique" lettered in gilt on upper board, marbled endpapers. Some occasional foxing, leather little rubbed in a few small places, a handsome copy. Charles-Édouard Hocquard, trained as a military doctor before volunteering for the Tonkin Expeditionary Corps. He put the period he was stationed in Indochina to good use and explored the region from north to south. He was an amateur photographer of real ability winning the Gold Medal at the Antwerp Universal Exhibition in 1885 and many of his haunting images of Indochina and its people can be seen on-line. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148767) ... more
Stock ID: 148767
Guide to Conversation in French, English and Chinese Containing a Vocabulary and Familiar Dialogues.
COUVREUR, F. SERAPHIN.
xi + 286pp bound in a leaf patterned cloth with contrasting maroon cloth spine. First and last leaves a trifle foxed, some light occasional foxing in text, small chip at fore edge and a closed tear at gutter French title page, large octavo. A good copy. Seraphin Couvreur (1835 - 1919) was a French Jesuit who arrived in China at the end of April 1870. He was the author of many valuable works on the Chinese language and was the creator of the Chinese transcription of the École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO). This system was used up until Hanyu Pinyin was gradually phased in during the mid to latter part of the mid-20th century. (Couling - Encyclopaedia Sinica & Wikipedia). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148532) ... more
Stock ID: 148532
Illustrated Catalogue of Biscuits and Drops manufactured by The Toyo Seika Kaisha, Ltd.
[JAPANESE TRADE CATALOGUE].
Full page plan, 2 double page colour plates, 23 full page colour illustrations featuring attractive tins, boxes and biscuits, 1 double page and 2 full page in blue, 50pp, attractive pictorial paper covered boards worn with some minor loss at edges. Split between gatherings in one place, occasional browning, a little minor damage to illustrations in two small places where pages have adhered to each other. Overall a very nice copy of a scarce catalogue. 12mo. Text in English and Japanese. Includes a history of the company, trading terms, diagram demonstrating the opening of Toyo Seika Kaisha's air-tight soldered tin, delightful illustrations of packaging and biscuits and a short description in English and Japanese with accompanying image of "High-class Biscuits in 1/2 Pound Packages". A delightful very scarce trade catalogue. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148734) ... more
Stock ID: 148734
Wild Man from Borneo.
CRIBB, ROBERT, HELEN GILBERT AND HELEN TIFFIN.
Black and white illustrations, 318pp, index, bibliography, dustjacket, hardback. Signed by Professor Robert Cribb on the title page. Wild Man from Borneo offers the first comprehensive history of the human-orangutan encounter. Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abused ever since it was first brought to the attention of Europeans in the seventeenth century. The red ape has engaged the interest of scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public at large in a bewildering array of guises that have by no means been exclusively zoological or ecological. One reason for such a long-term engagement with a being found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra is that, like its fellow great apes, the orangutan stands on that most uncomfortable dividing line between human and animal, existing, for us, on what has been called “the dangerous edge of the garden of nature.” Beginning with the scientific discovery of the red ape more than three hundred years ago, this work goes on to examine the ways in which its human attributes have been both recognized and denied in science, philosophy, travel literature, popular science, literature, theatre, museums, and film. The authors offer a provocative analysis of the origin of the name “orangutan,” trace how the ape has been recruited to arguments on topics as diverse as slavery and rape, and outline the history of attempts to save the animal from extinction. Today, while human populations increase exponentially, that of the orangutan is in dangerous decline. The remaining “wild men of Borneo” are under increasing threat from mining interests, logging, human population expansion, and the widespread destruction of forests. The authors hope that this history will, by adding to our knowledge of this fascinating being, assist in some small way in their preservation. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143726) ... more
Stock ID: 143726
Japanese Private Chinese Coin Catalogue with Rubbings.
Two Japanese silk covered accordion style bound volumes in blue cloth case featuring rubbings of Chinese coins. Each volume includes over 25 card pages onto which are tipped-in rubbings of coins. Untitled gold speckled labels upper covers, attractive gold speckled endpapers. Volumes measure 15 x 10.2cm. An accompanying card in English states "A Japanese private coin catalogue. The rubbings are made with ink and are called "utchigata"." Although these albums are Japanese, all of the rubbings are of Chinese coins. The coins were issued during the reigns of such emperors as Kangxi 康熙(1661-1722) [only one coin], Qianlong 乾隆(1735-95), Jiaqing 嘉慶(1796-1820), Daoguang 道光(1820-50), Xianfeng 咸豐(1850-61), Tongzhi 同治(1861-75), and Guangxu 光緒(1875-1908). Included are rubbings which bear no Chinese characters but appear to be in a Turkic or Arabic script. Each rubbing is accompanied by the small oval-shaped seal of the person who did the rubbings, who is very likely the person who assembled these delightful albums. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148552) ... more
Stock ID: 148552
A God in Every Stone.
311pp, paperback. July 1914. A young Englishwoman, Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land. She picks up a fig and holds it to her nose. Around her is a maze of broken columns, taller than the tallest of men. Nearby is the familiar lean form of her father's old friend, Tahsin Bey, an archeologist. Viv is about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure and the ecstasy of love. July, 1915. An Englishwoman and an Indian man meet on a train to Peshawar. Viv Spencer is following a cryptic message sent to her by the man she loves, from whom she has been separated by war. Qayyum Gul is returning home after losing an eye at Ypres while fighting for the British Indian army, his allegiances in tatters. When they disembark the train at Peshawar they are unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives - one of which they will be unaware until fifteen years later when anti-colonial resistance, an ancient artefact and a mysterious green-eyed woman will bring them together again over seventy-two hours of heartbreak, frayed loyalties and hope. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148781) ... more
Stock ID: 148781
The Painters of Japan.
2 volumes. 114 full page plates of which 6 are colour tipped-in plates. Volume I: xiv + 153pp. Volume II: xiv + 153pp. Original black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, top edge gilt, edges uncut. Half titles foxing, some other occasional foxing, a few marks on cloth but generally very good. A good set. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 143504) ... more
Stock ID: 143504
The Siam Outlook. Evangelistic Number.
REICHEL, MRS PAUL A. (EDITED BY).
94pp. Original wrappers, light central vertical crease from folding, very good copy. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 144040) ... more
Stock ID: 144040
早引定紋鑒 [Hayabiki jōmon kagami Quick Reference to Family Crests ]
102 leaves with black and white woodblock text and illustrations throughout. Paper covered wrappers creased and worn, title label heavily insect damaged. Four hole stab binding still firm although the string tie is loosening, ribbon across spine broken. First leaf lifting from front paste down but otherwise clean and sound. Minor occasional wear and soiling in text but generally very good. Reference book for Japanese family crests. The main section gives examples of family crests. Each family crest is arranged by name in Japanese alphabetical order (i-ro-ha). Each crest is accompanied by a sign as follows: (▲/●/˄/△/○ mean: a crest with ▲ is formed with 3, 6 or 12 elements; a crest with ● is formed with 2, 4, 8, 16 elements; a crest with ˄ is formed with 5 or 10 elements; a crest with △ is formed with 7 or 14 elements; and a crest with ○is formed with 9 or 18 elements. This useful reference also includes three styles (tensho, square, and happun) of Japanese kanji-form alphabet; 52 Genji-kō patterns which are formed with five vertical lines traditional background patterns; how to make basic geometrical forms and lay crest patterns on them; and examples of cut-out crest patterns from a square paper sheet folded between one and five times. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148557) ... more
Stock ID: 148557
Cook and Entertain the Burmese Way.
MI MI KHAING.
Line illustrations, 191pp, paperback, prior owner's details title page, very good copy. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148825) ... more
Stock ID: 148825
Arts of Southeast Asia. From the Powerhouse Museum Collection.
SUMNER, CHRISTINA WITH MILTON OSBORNE.
Map, profusely illustrated with black and white and colour photographs, 80pp, bibliography, quarto, very good in paperback. Art from the geographical region of Southeast Asia in the context of the historical and cultural phenomena shared by the various countries as well as their diverse and distinct responses to common internal and external influences. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148776) ... more
Stock ID: 148776
Nepal Mandala. A Cultural Study of the Kathmandu Valley.
SLUSSER, MARY SHEPHERD.
2 Volumes, colour frontispieces, good hardback copies with dustjackets. Volume 1: "Text"; xxiii + 491pp, appendices, bibliography, index, biro mark on margin of one leaf. Volume 2: "Plates"; 9 maps, 600 black and white photographic plates, xix, unpaginated. Dustjackets both volumes worn. Quarto. Reprint of 1982 Princeton University Press edition. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148829) ... more
Stock ID: 148829
WEI, BETTY PEH-T'I.
Endpaper maps, black and white and colour photographic illustrations, xiv + 65pp, index, glossary, bibliography, a very good hardback copy. Images of Asia. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148838) ... more
Stock ID: 148838
Salesman's Patterned Silk Sample Book.
[JAPANESE FABRIC SAMPLE BOOK].
73 pages each with several sample swatches of patterned silk neatly tipped onto the leaves. Bound in a post-bound album. Strong rworkaday card covers with cloth spine, inked characters on the upper cover. Some occasional browning, covers worn and marked but still sound. Folio. no date. (circa 1930). This sample book features several hundred examples of Japanese patterned silk. Handwritten numbers above many of the samples were presumably used to identify the swatch for the purposes of ordering. A few inked annotations in kanji & katakana(name of a textile pattern). A handsome piece. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148732) ... more
Stock ID: 148732
Surviving the 2011 Tsunami. 100 Testimonies of Ishinomaki Area Survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
EDITORIAL OFFICE OF THE ISHINOMAKI KAHOKU.
Colour and black and white photographic illustrations, 256pp, small quarto, paperback. Surviving the 2011 Tsunami is a full translation of the Japanese original edition under the same title―published in 2012―compiled by the editorial office of The Ishinomaki Kahoku. What was it that determined the fate of those who found themselves at the mercy of the massive tsunami that closed in on them on March 11, 2011? With the addition of powerful photographs from the regional newspaper’s March 11 archives, the book draws upon the testimonies of 100 survivors to uncover truths about the tsunami and human capacities for dealing with it. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148749) ... more
Stock ID: 148749
The Chinese Calculus of Deterrence. India and Indochina.
WHITING, ALLEN S.
Endpaper maps, xxv + 299pp, index, bibliography, notes, ex-library copy, cancelled stamps, library labels, barcode, and remnants of library pocket prelims and last leaves, contents otherwise clean, library sticker spine, dustjacket faded on spine, now protected. The author "presents a framework for anticipating Chinese political-military behaviour in the nuclear era. He reconstructs China's response to the perceived threat from India in 1962, and reveals the full pattern of Peking's secret military participation in the Indochina war from 1964 to 1968. He then compares these conflicts with Chinese behaviour in Korea and on the Sino-Soviet border to illuminate Peking's calculus of deterrence and the use of force." Publisher's description. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 77016) ... more
Stock ID: 77016
Lodge in Vietnam. A Patriot Abroad.
AU$22.00 (WAS AU$67.95
Maps, black and white photographic illustrations, ix + 200pp, notes, bibliography, index, a very good hardback copy in dustjacket. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 148306) ... more
Stock ID: 148306
Angkor. An Introduction.
Trans. & Edited by Emily Floyd Gardiner. Photographic illustrations by George Bliss, 2 folding maps, 116pp, endpapers trifle browned, glossary, references, endpapers very lightly browned, small mark upper cover, a good secondhand hardback copy. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 3594) ... more
Stock ID: 3594
Artefacts of Champa.
LE XUAN DIEM AND VU KIM LOC.
Full page colour plates illustrating artefacts of Champa face explanatory text in both Vietnamese and English. 153pp.. Some wear on corners and dustjacket. Little bumping on spine. Oblong quarto. Bilingual Vietnamese English edition. Features a number of examples of jewellery. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 90506) ... more
Stock ID: 90506
Asie des Moussons. Inde - Indochine - Insulinde. Tome IX.
Maps, black and white photographic plates, 273 - 548pp, original wrappers torn with loss at head and tail of spine. Text very clean and sound with many leaves unopened. Signature of a prior owner upper wrapper. Quarto. This first volume in the Asie des Moussons section of Geographie Text in French. Universelle covers South Asia through to IndoChina. The second volume covers Japan and China. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 134577) ... more
Stock ID: 134577
Before The Revolution. The Vietnamese Peasants Under The French.
LONG, NGO VINH.
xxvii + 284pp, index, bibliography, a very good paperback copy.. Considered a classic in its field, Before The Revolution is a forceful, chilling account of the Vietnamese peasant under French Colonial Rule. Part 1 is a factual description of the policies which, within a decade, turned the peasants into an impoverished tenant class. Part 2 underscores this plight by using the translation of fictional-realistic literature produced by Vietnamese writers of the colonial period. These original translations not only underscore the tension and emotion which existed but show the development of an anti-French, anti-imperialist feeling among the peasants. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 142958) ... more
Stock ID: 142958
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