The Memorable Year: Of the war in China; the mutiny in India; the Opening up of the Resources of Siam; the Projected Movement upon Cochin-China; and the Monetary Crisis in Europe and America;

NYE Gideon (1858.)

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being a record of periodical reflections and comments elicited by the course of events in the East, with incidental notices of political and commercial affairs in the West and some special papers upon political and geographical topics of the period; and including a sketch of the inflation and collapse of Mr. High-Commissioner Yeh. First edition. Quarto. Later half calf over papered boards, a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page ‘Captain Roe, N.M., with Mr. Nye’s Compts.’ A close to fine copy. [vi], [4 blank], [13], 8-360pp. Macao, [Privately Printed], 

A contemporary and largely first-hand account of events in China, the adjacent regions, and the rest of the world during the year 1857. Gideon Nye (1812-1888), an American diplomat and merchant, arrived in Canton in 1831 and lived there for over 50 years. For the last ten years of his life he held the position of American Vice Consul at Canton. In the present book Nye charts Chinese and international events during one year and this may well be the first attempt ever to draw connections (both commercial and political) between seemingly unrelated events world-wide during one specific year. 1857 was eventful in many respects, starting with the Second Opium War hostilities, the Taiping rebellion, the appointment of Lord Elgin as envoy to China, etc. Further afield he discusses the efforts of the French to gain access to Thailand and Vietnam, the Indian Mutiny, as well as the causes and effects of the US financial crisis of September 1857. Rare. Cordier BS. 2374.

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