1. BREDON, Juliet Chinese New Year Festivals. A Picturesque Monograph of the Rites, Ceremonies and Observances in relation thereto. Six Illustrations in Colour-photogravure from Selected Chinese Paintings. (With original silk binding – restored). Shanghai, Kelly and Walsh Ltd., 1930. 32 x 26 cm. Rebound using the original gilt silk binding with a new cloth spine and new endpapers. Beveled edges. (36) p. Uncut. Printed in scarlet and black with decorations (sights of China) in grey. First edition. Edges worn and with some stains, a bit discolored.
* Sumptuous large and attractive deluxe book printed in Shanghai. Usually seen in a decorated paper binding, this copy still shows much of its original crimson silk splendor. Not perfect, but the book restorer has done an excellent job on the binding with its dragon-motif red single color damask. Feel free to ask for pictures.
2. CHINESE-JAPANESE WAR Window bill for Koren en Soldaten (‘Grain and Soldiers’) by Ashihei Hino. Amsterdam, Allert de Lange, [1939-1940]. 45 x 21 cm. Printed on both sides. Stuck on it is an image of the illustrated cover of the edition (signed bottom right ‘H’). Folded. Some creases.
* A fulsome advertisement (one leaf) for this ‘startling book about the Japanese-Chinese war’, the Dutch translation. Grain and Soldiers was written by the Imperial Japanese Army Corporal Ashihei Hino (pseud. of Katsunori Tamai), and translation into Dutch by Reinier P. Sterkenburg. This now fairly rare novel, about how Japanese soldiers had fought the Chinese, appeared in 1940. On the back of the poster the layout of the book is shown with two extensive press eulogies.
3. [HESSEM, Louis de] Het Hemelsche Rijk. Luimige Voorstellingen. Den Haag, Gebr. Abrahams, (about 1890). 29 x 20 cm. Illustrated boards. 30 leaves (very colorful). 1st edition. Binding slightly damaged on the edge. Page 5 has some paper damage without problems for the illustration.
* ‘The Celestial Empire’. Jolly caricatural chinoiserie drawings with poems for children. Dutch translation of Chinoiseries racontées by Louis de Hessem. Author and illustrator remain anonymous in this publication.
4. MINIATURE BOOK Pensées Chinoises editées par André Kundig, Maître-Imprimeur à Genève. Genève, Kundig, 1954. 128mo – 35 x 26 mm. Gilt artificial leather. 96 p. Binding a bit damaged and repaired. Micro book!
* “Ce minuscule au format in-128 contient 96 pages en caractère corps 5. Imprimé sur papier bible par Kundig, à Genève, le 15 oct. 1954”. One of a ‘Pensées’ series of micro books issued by the Swiss printer.
5. PAIN, James, & Sons China. Pain’s Grand Spectacle. Crystal Palace, Season 1912. London, James Pain & Sons, Pyrotechnists, 1912. Original wrappers. 24 p. Illustrated. With advertisements. Cover a bit soiled and creased.
* With an article about China compiled by A. Cunningham. James Pain specialized in fireworks, circus and theatre. This programme, called ‘China & Chinatown’ on the cover, abounds in Marches Past of the Manchu Troops (Ao. 1616), Chinese Wedding, Mimic Ballet, Athletic Display, Fireworks (Ao. 1873) and Display by Tartar Horsemen; Conspirators Meeting, The Spy, The Arrest, A Marvellous Escape from the Great Fortress; Advance of the Republican Forces; Rescue by Chinese Red Cross Nurses; Republican Victory; Burning of the City; TABLEAU’. Lively theatrical antics. Very rare fireworks theatre publication issued in the heat of the Chinese Revolution.
6. (QINGDAO, CHINA). MARQUART, P. Jakob Die Frau in Shantung. Bilder aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart. Ein Beitrag zur Volkskunde Chinas. Tsingtau (now Qingdao), Missionsdruckerei Tsingtau, 1932. Original stiff wrappers. (2), 10, 96 p. Illustrated with black-and-white photos. First edition. Owner’s stamps of Prof. Dr. Max Fink (Aachen, but earlier Istanbul and Shanghai). First pages loosening from staples, otherwise in fine condition.
* Very rare book in German about women in China, especially the province of Shandong (‘Shantung’). Written by a Roman Catholic missionary and printed at the German mission.
7. SLAUERHOFF, J. Het Lente-eiland. (Kau-Lung-Seu). Brussel/Maastricht, Stols, 1930. Original wrappers. 48 p. Uncut. Printed in 150 numbered copies. 1st edition. This book not numbered, but in very fine condition.
* ‘The Isle of Spring’. Short stories about China. Slauerhoff (1898-1936) was a Dutch author, a ship’s surgeon especially in the South Chinese Sea.
8. SLAUERHOFF, J. Yoeng Poe Tsjoeng. Maastricht/ Brussel, Stols, 1930. Original wrappers. (2), 38 p. Printed in 150 numbered copies. 1st edition. Tiny tear in cover, otherwise fine.
* Unnumbered review copy of the rare first edition of this volume of poems. Luchtkasteelen series 2 (‘Castles in the Air’). Van Dijk 231.
9. SLAUERHOFF, J. (Als:) John RAVENSWOOD Oost-Azië. (Presentation copy). [Utrecht], De Gemeenschap, 1928. Blue cloth with silver and yellow blocking. 56 p. Printed by Charles Nypels in red, blue-grey and black on tinted vergé paper in 800 numbered copies. 1st edition. Spine a bit worn, otherwise fine.
* Volume of poems about China, its seas and its neighbours, with a map of the region as a title page! Interesting association copy, unnumbered, from the library of medical doctor G.P. Utermöhlen (1873-1960), inscribed by himself (not by the author!): ‘1928./ Presentexemplaar van den/ Dichter J. Slauerhoff, arts/ v.m. scheepsarts bij de Java-/China-Japanlijn’.
Rare version in cloth (100 copies?), usually this book is found in stiff wrappers. Van Laar 72.
We have several other copies of this book in various bindings, most of these cheaper than this copy. If you are interested, send an email.
10. TERBORGH, F.C. Le petit château. [Beijing, self-published], (1940). Original wrappers. (2), 30 p. Printed on Hammerville Ledger paper in 100 copies numbered by the author (on the press of the Lazarite Fathers in Beijing). 1st edition. Pencil note on title. Small rubber stamp on last blank page.
* ‘The Tiny Castle’, a short story in Dutch, being the first literary publication of F.C. Terborgh, the pseudonym of diplomat author Reijnier Flaes (1902-1981). This book was printed and published in China.