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Notes on the Crooked-bow and Crooked-stern Junks of Szechwan by  G. R. G WORCESTER - First Edition - 1941 - from Long Brothers Fine and Rare Books and Biblio.com

Notes on the Crooked-bow and Crooked-stern Junks of Szechwan: III. Miscellaneous Series: No. 52

by WORCESTER, G. R. G

Condition: Very Good+


Pp. 82. Frontispiece is a fold-out map. Appendix includes brief descriptions and illustrations of models of the subject junks. Prefatory note by F. W. Maze, Inspector General of Customs. Glossary. A 1948 gift inscription on fffep; slight fading to spine; cover a bit rubbed; original price of $12.50 struck with pencil on front cover. Please see photos.

According to Worcester, "China holds scholarship in high honor, but apparently they did not concern themselves with naval history or nautical lore." Worcester stepped in to fill that void of works on traditional sailing craft: While working in anti-smuggling operations in the Marine Department, Worcester took an interest in traditional Chinese sailing design, which included architectural design in operation for some two-thousand years. Inspector General Maze, noticing GRGW's writing and drawing ability, placed him full time in the Chinese Nautical Research Department. For eight years he traveled through China, during the war of resistance against Japanese invaders. His ultimate aim: As with Joseph Needham, to restore pride and history of the Chinese people. At t his point Worcester is listed as Assistant River Inspector. Albeit a minor work in Worcester's masterful oeuvre, this an exceedingly scarce treatise.

Extended Description and Notes

Scarce monograph by Worcester: Notes on Crooked-Nose Junks and Sampans of Upper Yangtze Complements his Two Vol. Opus on Chinese Maritime Architecture

  • Bookseller: Long Brothers Fine and Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: R061010X2H
  • Title: Notes on the Crooked-bow and Crooked-stern Junks of Szechwan
  • Author: WORCESTER, G. R. G
  • Illustrator: Illustrated with fold-out plates, b&w photos,
  • Format/binding: Printed paper-covered boards with green cloth spine.
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good+
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs [Sold by Kelly and Walsh]
  • Place: Shanghai
  • Date published: 1941
  • Keywords: Yangtze Sampans Kelly and Walsh Peiping The French Bookstore The Oriental Bookstore Tientsin Unequal Treaties
  • Bookseller catalogs: China History and Culture;
  • Size: Quarto


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