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Siam. The Land of the White Elephant. As it Was and is

By: Bacon, George B.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: No Place, CTC Books:

Seller ID: 005812


296 pp. With black and white illustrations throughout. A reprint of the 1881 edition, providing a historical account of Siam (Thailand) as it was in the late 1800's. This includes a look at the country, its rulers and then modern culture, the tribes of Northern Siam, customs, etc. NEAR FINE condition. Light soiling to the bottom page edges. A hint of edgewear. Interior clean and solid. View more info

Van Vliet's Siam

By: Baker, Chris;Wyatt, David K.;Van der Kraan, Alfons;Pombejra, Dhiravat Na;Vliet, Jeremias Van

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Thailand, Silkworm Books: 2005

Seller ID: 004997


346 pages including index. With a few illustrations. A first English language translation of the diary of Jeremias Van Vliet, a Dutch merchant living in Siam (Thailand) between 1636 and 1640. This work provides an early history of Siam, as well as a look at its society, politics, economy and religion and the struggle for the crown. This originally appeared in four works. NEAR FINE condition with light edgewear. Pages browning a bit. View more info

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Along the Border of Heaven. Sung and Yuan Paintings from the C.C. Wang Family Collection

By: Barnhart, Richard M

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1983

Seller ID: 007864


Beige cloth. No jacket. Housed in a pictorial paper covered board slipcase. Folio. 191 pp. Color and black and white illustrations throughout. A detailed catalog of paintings from China from the Sung and Yuan dynasties. This includes histories, critical examinations and analyses of landscape paintings of the Five Dynasties (907-60) and the Northern Sung (960-1127); figure paintings of the Sung Dynasty (960-1279); album leaves of the Southern Sung Dynasty ((1127-1279); fi... View more info

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Across Thibet. Being a translation of "De Paris au Tonking a Travers le Tibet Inconnu."

By: Bonvalot, Gabriel; Pitman, C.B.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Cassell Publishing Company: 1892

Seller ID: 010147


Brownish gray illustrated cloth. Quarto. 417 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout. LACKING map in the front pocket. A detailed account of Bonvalot's 1889 expedition exploring and traveling through parts of China, Tibet and Lhasa, some of which had been previously unexplored by Europeans. This includes accounts of people and customs he encountered, as well a discussion of the land, etc. Gabriel Bonvalot was a French explorer, primarily traveling through central As... View more info

Macao. A Short Handbook

By: Braga, J.M

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Macao, Information and Tourism Department, Macao, Publisher: 1963

Seller ID: 012513


Wraps. 64 pp. Black and white photos throughout, as well as one fold out map. A guide to the government, geography, political and social aspects of Macao. This includes a history, as well as a look at its commerce and industry, mostly written to promote tourism. FAIR condition. Ex-library with a stamp to the front and rear cover. Covers toned, with some foxing and spotting. Minor soiling. Extremities scuffed. Very light scattered foxing in the interior. Text block cracke... View more info

Siamese Sketches

By: Buls, Charles;Tips, Walter E. J.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Bangkok, White Lotus Press: 1994

Seller ID: 004999


154 pages. With black and white photos throughout. A first person account of Buls travels in Siam in 1900, providing details on the culture, architecture, politics and religion of the country, including many controversial opinions. This work includes previously unpublished letters and photos. Buls was a mayor of Brussels. NEAR FINE with light edgewear. Interior clean and solid. View more info

Material Culture of the Formosan Aborigines

By: Chi-Lu, Chen

Price: $32.00

Publisher: Taipei, The Taiwan Museum, Publisher: 1968

Seller ID: 012263


Gray cloth in dust jacket. Quarto. xiv, 422 pp. SIGNED by the author, with a brief inscription. Black and white and color photographs and illustrations throughout. A study of the earliest people on the island of Formosa, or Taiwan, describing means of subsistence, utensils, weapons, clothing, houses and boats, as well as their daily life and culture. POOR jacket on a GOOD book. Front jacket panel TORN its entire length, repaired by previous owner on the reverse with tape... View more info

Loves and Lives of Chinese Emperors. Intimate Glimpses of Chinese Court Life and Intrigues Through the Ages

By: Chia-yu, Wang; T'ang, T.C. (translator and adapter)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Taipei, Mei Ya Publications: 1972

Seller ID: 012250


Illustrated wraps. 237 pp. A collection of anecdotes of the lives and court life in ancient China, recalling the rulers' personal lives and the influence of the personal on the Chinese empire. GOOD condition. Moderate toning, some foxing, soiling and minor staining to the covers. Light curling and scuffing along the extremities. Small stain on the lower fore edge. View more info

Under the Seal of Sesshu

By: Covell, Jon Carter

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Hacker Art Books: 1975

Seller ID: 010463


163 pp., plus black and white plates in the rear. A detailed study of the landscape paintings of Sesshu, examining the influence of Zen on his work, as well as its context in its culture, and impact in the world of art. Sesshu was a Japanese painter of the 1400s, highly acclaimed in both Japan and China. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading and edgewear. Owner's signature present, that of Edward Betts, an American landscape painter. View more info

Japan and America. A Contrast

By: Crow, Carl

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Robert M. McBride and Company: 1916

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 005895


First edition. Blue cloth. 316 pp including index. A study of the growing problems of Pacific Rim international relations, especially in relation to Japan and America. With a bias toward American interests (author states Japanese have 'lower requirements for living, lax ideas of morality,' etc.). The book examines Japan's rise to power, its relationship with China and Russia, and the impact of the ascendancy of Japan on the United States, both economically and politicall... View more info

Three Stage Approach to Korean Reunification Focusing On the South-North Confederal Stage

By: Dae-jung, Kim

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, University of Southern California: 1997

Seller ID: 005466


392 pages. A detailed explanation of Dae-jung's ideas on reuniting North and South Korea. Dae-jung was a political activist, kidnapped, imprisoned and exiled, but always seeking to develop a strategy to unite Korea under democratic principles. He became president of the Republic of Korea in 1998 and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. VERY GOOD jacket on a NEAR FINE book. Minor general scuffing and fading to the jacket, with some scuffing and curling along the extre... View more info

Postcards of Old Siam

By: Davis, Bonnie

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Singapore, Marshall Cavendish International: 2005

Seller ID: 005562


A pictorial history of Siam (Thailand) as depicted in old postcards. With historical and descriptive text accompanying the cards. NEAR FINE condition. Jacket in mylar fastened to the book, perhaps as issued by the publisher. Minor fading and rubbing. Price sticker on the rear jacket panel. Interior clean and solid. View more info

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China and Her People. Two Volumes

By: Denby, Charles

Price: $140.00

Publisher: Boston, L.C. Page and Company: 1906

Seller ID: 012240


Green cloth illustrated in gilt. xx, 256; viii, 276 pp. Fold out map present in volume one. Black and white photo plates throughout. MISSING the frontispiece in volume two, as well as the photo at page 180 in the same volume. All other photos present as called for. Written by an American diplomat to China, this work offers his perspective of the history and culture of China, discussing art and language, women in China, slavery, disposal of the dead, Chinese riots, Japane... View more info

The Army of the First Philippine Republic and Other Historical Essays

By: Dery, Luis Camara

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Manila, De La Salle University Press: 1995

Seller ID: 005211


220 pages. With a few black and white photos. A history of the struggle for independence of the Philippines, from the formation of the Army of the First Philippine Republic and its fight against Spain, to the struggle against American rule and the interference of other nations in the struggle for autonomy. VERY GOOD condition with minor soiling to the covers. Minor fading. Light creasing to the corners. Interior clean and solid. View more info

A Journey Through Chinese Hell. Hell Scrolls of Taiwan

By: Donnelly, Neal.

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Taipei, Artist Publishing Co: 1990

Seller ID: 012192


Illustrated wraps. Quarto. 138 pp. Color photos throughout. A descriptive catalog accompanying an exhibition of Taiwanese/Chinese Hell Scrolls, providing a history of their use in China, as well as the rituals associated with their use. With interpretations of photos of examples of Hell Scrolls. GOOD condition. General fading, minor scuffing and soiling to the covers. Some creasing and curling at the corners. Small price sticker on the rear cover. Owner's signature prese... View more info

Image for Epitome of the Historical Drama, "Kasuga-No-Tsubone" (written by Mr. Fukuchi) and other plays performed by Danjuro and his Troupe, at the Kabukiza Theatre May, 1903

Epitome of the Historical Drama, "Kasuga-No-Tsubone" (written by Mr. Fukuchi) and other plays performed by Danjuro and his Troupe, at the Kabukiza Theatre May, 1903

By: Fukuchi

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Kobiki-Cho, Tokyo, Kabukiza Theatre, presumed Publisher:

Seller ID: 008883


no date, perhaps 1903. Printed wraps. 9 pages. Page 8 blank, with Japanese characters on the last page. Otherwise all text in English. A summary of scenes and acts, with a little printed dialogue of several plays performed at the Kabuki-za Theatre in Tokyo in 1903. This includes Kasuga-No-Tsubone, Suo-Otoshi and Onna-Date Komagata Osen. These were apparently performed by Ichikawa Danjuro IX, a noted Kabuki actor of the Meiji Period, and considered a key factor in the co... View more info

Korean Sketches

By: Gale, James S.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Seoul, Kyung-In Publishing Co.: 1975

Seller ID: 004852


256 pages plus an introduction. A reprint reproduced from the original 1898 text. While the text reproduced well, the illustrations are rather dark and not of good quality. A collection of essays by Gale, a Canadian missionary, giving his impressions of Korea. VERY GOOD+ condition. Light rubbing and a hint of soiling to the covers. Interior clean and solid. View more info

Land of the Lamas. Adventures in secret Tibet

By: Goullart, Peter

Price: $17.00

Publisher: New York, E.P Dutton: 1959

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 006396


First American edition. Orange cloth in unclipped jacket. 221 pp. With a few black and white photos and a map. An account of the author's explorations and experiences in Tibet, journeying to the Tibetan province of Khan as a businessman for a Chinese industrial cooperative. Learning of a secret Tibetan tribe, the Black Lolos or Princes of the Black Bone, Goullart sets out trying to document these people and their culture. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Moderate browni... View more info

Coree Korea 1653-1666

By: Hamel, Hendrik

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Bangkok, White Orchid Press: 1981

Seller ID: 006458


Red wraps. 128 pp. With a few woodcut illustrations. Text in English and French. A reprint of the 1704 London and 1732 Paris edition of this work by Hendrik Hamel, reproducing the text from the original. A account of the shipwreck and subsequent travels of Hendrik Hamel, a Dutch sailor. Hamel provides one of the first European accounts of Korea from firsthand observations, chronicling a nation that up until that point was little known to Europeans. With an historical int... View more info

"Out of the East." Reveries and Studies in New Japan

By: Hearn, Lafcadio

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin: 1923

Seller ID: 009099


Green cloth. No jacket. 341 pp. A later printing of this informal study and commentary on Japan, its culture and history, musing on art, the significance of Jiujutsu, the Stone Buddha, etc. Lafcadio Hearn was an American author perhaps best known for his writing on Japan and its culture. GOOD condition. Moderate uneven fading, heavier along the spine and extremities. Minor scuffing and edgewear. Owner's notes on a front endpaper. View more info