Canton, China. No details of publisher. (circa1861). Stock ID #161229
Chinese almanac with Christian text bound together in one volume. Double page folding world map in two hemispheres, full page map of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah [猶太國] together with general information on the area, a comparison table of Roman numerals and Chinese numbers, a short persuasive essay giving the reasons why people should not consume the opium, and methods of medical treatment for quitting the opium are also listed. 22pp, printed in black and white on folded Chinese leaves, four-hole string Chinese binding, paper wrappers. Upper cover torn with nearly half missing, handwritten note "A Chinese Almanac/ Nov 1864/ Mrs J.E. Beau[?]". Double page map stained and showing a 4.5cm closed tear in the centre. Evenly browned throughout, many leaves lightly stained, a few stained a little more heavily, some creasing at corners with some minor loss at edges. Text in traditional Chinese. 23.7 x 14.4cm. First published in 1843 in Hong Kong under the title [華英和合通書] it was edited by well known American missionary and doctor, Dyer Ball (1796-1866). Between 1843 and 1854, Dyer compiled and published a Chinese almanac every year. In the years 1855 to 1858, John Booth French (1822–1859), fellow American missionary, took over Dyer Ball's task and published "A Chinese Almanac" under the title [和合通書]. The 1859 and 1860 editions were the last two editions these men were involved with and were jointly published by them both. French died in 1859 and the final editions were published by another American missionary, Daniel Vrooman (1818–1895) who compiled and published the almanac under the title [唐番和合通書]. The 1865 edition is believed to have been the last edition of the series. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 161229).
Price: $2,500.00 AU