Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,
DAVIS John Francis (1823.)
£1750.00 [First Edition]
Please contact us in advance if you would like to view this book at our Curzon Street shop.
With a Free and Verbal Translation: Affording Examples of the Grammatical Structure of the Language. First edition. 8vo. Early diced cloth, repaired. Printed on Chinese Paper (slighly brittle). [viii], 199pp. London, J. Murray/ Macao, Printed at the Honorable Company's Press, by P. P. Thoms,
"Good sayings are like pearls, strung together". Sir John Davis (1795-1890) was appointed writer in the factory at Canton in 1813 at the age of eighteen. He was chosen to accompany Lord Amherst on the embassy to Pekin in 1816 and the present work is in fact dedicated to Staunton. Upon the return of the mission Davis again took up his duties at Canton, where he formed the present collection of proverbs. The manuscript was originally sent to the library of the East India Co. for publication in London. There being no Chinese types for printing in England it was returned to Macao where P. P. Thoms had been printing for the East India Co. since 1815. Lust 725; Cordier 1429.
Stock Code: 187674