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Two Volumes: The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze. Vol. I: Volume I is subtitled Introduction; and Craft of the Estuary and Shanghai Area. Vol. II: The Craft of the Lower and Middle Yangtze and Tributaries. by  G. R. G WORCESTER - Both First Editions - 1947 and 1948 - from Long Brothers Fine and Rare Books and Biblio.com

Two Volumes: The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze. Vol. I: Volume I is subtitled Introduction; and Craft of the Estuary and Shanghai Area. Vol. II: The Craft of the Lower and Middle Yangtze and Tributaries.: A Study in Chinese Nautical Research. Nos. 53 and 54 of the Miscellaneous Series

by WORCESTER, G. R. G

Condition: Both Vols. Fine


Vol. I: Pp. xxviii; 245. Vol. II: Pp. 246 - 496. Prefatory note by Lester K. Little, Inspector General of Customs, in Vol. I. Both vols. with b&w photo frontispieces. Glossary. Vol. I with a contemporary gift inscription on ffep. Vol. II with same owner's name in English and Mandarin, as well as his chop in red ink. Both volumes exceedingly bright, which attests to their good care over the years.

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 maritime 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. Although both volumes can be readily found, condition of this set warrants desirability.

Extended Description and Notes

Worcester's Supreme Achievement: Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze in Two Volumes
Multi-volume Set

  • Bookseller: Long Brothers Fine and Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: R061020H
  • Title: Two Volumes: The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze. Vol. I: Volume I is subtitled Introduction; and Craft of the Estuary and Shanghai Area. Vol. II: The Craft of the Lower and Middle Yangtze and Tributaries.
  • Author: WORCESTER, G. R. G
  • Illustrator: Vol. I with 83 plates, fold-out maps, 17 textual illustrations describing plans, rigging, anchors, hulls, rudders and three doze
  • Format/binding: Two vols., both in original bindings. Vol I: Green silk moire with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Vol. II: Green cloth matc
  • Book condition: Used - Both Vols. Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: Both First Editions
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs [Sold by Kelly and Walsh]
  • Place: Shanghai
  • Date published: 1947 and 1948
  • Keywords: Yangtze Sampans Kelly and Walsh Peiping The French Bookstore The Oriental Bookstore Tientsin Unequal Treaties
  • Bookseller catalogs: China History and Culture;
  • Size: 4to.


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