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    The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Spence, Jonathan D

    USA: Elizabeth Sifton Books/Viking Penguin Books, 1985. Paperback. Good/No Jacket. Trade Paperbook in Good Condition. The life of a Jesuit priest, Matteo Ricci, who in 1577 set out from Italy to bring the Christian faith and Western thought to MIng Dynasty China and a portrait of late 16th century cultural history in both the West and the East, juxtaposing the world of Counter-Reformation Europe with that of Ming China. Wrappers hinged, clean and unmarked, light wrinkling along lower edge, and light wear to extremities. No spine creasing. Tight and square. Former ownership stamp on first page. Pages toned, clean, and unmarked. 350 pages indexed, with Notes and Bibliography. 5 x 7.75 inches. 1985, Elizabeth Sifton Books/Viking Penguin Books, USA



    英漢求解作文文法辨義四用辭典 [Ying Han Si Yong Ci Dian] (English Chinese Four-Use Dictionary] Century English-Chinese Dictionary (Unabridged) ±¾ Êé ±à ºÅ £º 295 (Ben Shu Bian Hao : 295) [Series Number : 295] [Reference Composition Etymology] by 詹文滸. 蘇兆龍. [Zhan, Wenhu. ; Su, Zhaolong. ] 外国语文学会 (Wai Guo Yu Wen Xue Hui) [Foreign Language Literature Study Group]

    上海 : 啟明書局, [Shanghai : Qi Ming Shu Ju] (Shanghai : Qi Ming Book Company), 1947., 1947. Very Good. Blue, silver and black textured stiff wrappers, with lettering and Chinese characters in silver ; [8], 1027, 21, 5, 49, 52, [4], [1] pp. ; 2 x 3¼ x 1¾ in. ; 48mo. ; this miniature unabridged dictionary is a marvel of printing ; title page subtitle : 求解作文成语翻译 (qiu jie zuo wen cheng yu fan yi) [Reference - Composition - Etymology - Translation] ; Subsections include Synonyms and Antonyms - Irregular Verbs - Uses of Prepositions - Abbreviations - [Pronunciation Chart] ; slight wear to edges of covers ; pages foxed ; binding tight ; a very scarce dictionary, not held by any known library, in any edition ; OCLC: 32476961 ; VG [This listing contains text in Chinese GB fonts]



    800,000,000 THE REAL CHINA by TERRILL, ROSS

    U.S.A: Little, Brown and Co, 1972. First Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Type: Hardback First Printing. Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition with a Good Dust Jacket. Diverse photographs throughout of Chinese people, public figures, activities, sports, etc. This book is the product of Ross Terrill's trip to China in 1971, as one of the first correspondents for an American publication (Atlantic Monthly) to be admitted after Peking opened its doors. Binding of green cloth with gilt titles, tight sewn binding, very clean, no marks, lightly rubbed on some edges. Map of China on endpapers. Internals very clean and completely unmarked. Jacket clean on front, back is dingy, with light corner and edgewear and a tear about 2 inches long along the center of the front spine as it folds over the front board. Protected with a mylar cover. Interesting illustration of Chinese scene on jacket. 235 pages. 1972, Little, Brown and Company, USA



    A Philosophical Prophecy ; [Yi Jing; I-Ching; E Cheng] by Simmons, Jayme F. [illustrator, Bob Burns; editor, Ken White]

    Anaheim, CA : Dynamic Design, 1972., 1972. Very Good. Ring-bound printed boards, in box, with three imitation Chinese coins and 3 of 4 extant incense cones in plastic pouch ; 64 pages with illustrations and interpretations for each hexagram ; VG



    China's Open Door Policy: The Quest For Foreign Technology And Capital: A Study Of China's Special Trade by Sam P. S. Ho; Ralph William Huenemann

    Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. 1984. Hardcover. Very Good book in a Very Good jacket. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. Text unmarked. No tears, no creases.



    漢英法書報常用詞彙手册 [Han Ying Fa shu bao chang yong ci hui shou ce ] Chinese-English-French ; A handbook of Chinese Journal Terminology. Chinois-Anglais-Français Petit Lexique des Terms Usuels dans la Presse Chinoise [Chinese-English French Journalism Dictionary] by 北京語言學院 ; 北京語言學院編寫 [Beijing yu yan xue yuan bian xie] [Mao Chengdong, Bai Yukun, Liu Shiqin, Lu Wenzhen, Li Zhenjie, Du Yulan, Chen Kemiao, Hu Yulong, Françoise Vaucamps. ±± ¾© Óï ÑÔ Ôº ±à д Beijing Foreign Lan

    香港 : 三聯書店香港分店 [Xianggang : San lian shu dian Xianggang fen dian] ; Hong Kong : Joint Publishing Co., 1987., 1987. Very Good. Edition: 香港第1版. [Xianggang di 1 ban] ; 3, 25, 783 p. ; 20 cm. ; ISBN: 962040517X :; 9789620405174 ; OCLC: 18358807 ; purple cloth with gold lettering, in colorful decorative dustjacket ; commonplace terms often encountered in newspapers and current events, but difficult to locate in dictionaries ; a very helpful guide ; VG/VG [This listing contains Chine se GB fonts]



    The Soong Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave

    *The Soong Dynasty - Behind-the-scenes look at the Soong family, whose wealth & power dominated China and American policy toward Asia - over a half century. Describes intricate - fascinating rise to power of Charlie Soong & children: daughters Ai-ling,married one of China's richest men, H.H. Kung; Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, leader of China's republican revolution; May-ling,married Chiang Kai-shek, ruler of Nationalist China,his ties to Shanghai underworld ,son T.V. Soong, at various times served as Chiang's economic minister, foreign minister and premier. The Soongs except Ching-ling amassed enormous wealth while millions of Chinese starved or died fighting against Japan. Describes differences had with Mao ... interesting riveting look and may provide more understanding about U.S. relations & China....Solid - Large hardcover book in good condition. Black cloth covered boards good - show some fading, wear marks on surface, edges. Graphical endpapers showing graph of the soong dynasty - very nice, Pages are clean, unmarked starting to darken /tan - edges from age... Dust jacket is good with some surface scuffing & edge wear, curling. Not perfect -Nice good reading copy...... The Soong Dynasty, Author Sterling Seagrave, Published by Harper & Row Publishers, New York 1983, Book design by Sidney Fineberg, Endpaper by Frank Roman, Jacket design by Terence Fehr, ISBN 0060153083, Book size about 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 in., 532 pages,......Ruth Reaser..LAX Vespa, Los Angeles Culver City- maybe this will do it!-At least you know what you're getting into-City-Media Mail USPS-you get the copy you were viewing carefully Drop kick-packed to protect it - in - transit....... Soong Dynasty 5527 HC Bio WB 1



    The Tyranny of History: The Roots of China's Crisis by Jenner, W. J. F

    London, England: Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, 1992. First Edition.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Type: Hardback First edition. Hardcover Book and Dust Jacket in Fine Condition. Clean, unmarked, tight & solid volume. W.J. F. Jenner is a Professor of Chinese and head of the China Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a most experienced observer of Chinese history and culture. His book deepens our understanding of recent events and the challenge of the future. 255 pages, indexed. 6.4 x 9.5 inches. 1992, Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, London, England



    Current Scene. Developments in Mainland China. Bound Volume. Volume 5, Nos. 1-21. January 16, 1967-December 15, 1967 by Various authors

    Hong Kong: The Green Pagoda Press, 1967. Cloth. Good. dates vary. Dark blue cloth. Lacking any original wraps that may have been issued. A bound volume of issues of volume 5 of the Current Scene, a magazine devoted to China, its politics and government, as well as its society as governed under communist rule. Topics include the cultural revolution, hundred flowers campaign, press and propaganda, red guards, politics peasantry, government, etc. GOOD condition. General fading and some scuffing to the covers. Minor soiling. Extremities bumped and scuffed. Minor toning to the paper.



    The Long March:The Untold Story by SALISBURY, HARRISON E

    New York: Harper & Row, 1985. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine. Type: Hard Back Second Printing of First Edition. Hardcover Book in Near Fine Condition with a Fine Jacket. Mylar jacket cover. 419 pages. Small spot on bottom edge of text black, else Fine. Very clean black cloth gilt titled; tight and solid volume. Interior is Fine. Photographic illustrations; maps on endpapers showing the route of the March. The story of The Long March of 6,000 miles by the Red Army of China communists in the face of Chiang Kai-shek's legions as they marched across/over China. Salisbury interviewed scores of men and women who had endured this march and spoke to many verteran leaders of that time, examined documents never before opened, and cross-examined historians and archivists, to find out what really happened in China, 1934-35.419 pages with Notes, Bibliography and Index. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Harper & Row Publishers, New York, 1985.



    Cathay a Journey in Seach of Old China by Bordewich Fergus

    NY: Prentice Hall. Very Good in Fine dust jacket. 1991. Hard Cover. 0132021366 . NEAR FINE in FINE jacket 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. REMAINDER MARK TO BOTTOM PAGE EDGES ELSE FINE IN FINE DJ. .



    英漢求解作文文法辨義四用辭典 Ying Han qiu jie zuo wen wen fa bian yi si yong ci dian = A daily use English-Chinese dictionary by 世界書局編輯部 Shi jie shu ju [World Book Company] ; Wen-hu Chan, Chao-lung Su

    世界書局 Xianggang : Shi jie shu ju, [Hong Kong : The World Book Company] ; Da Xin Yin Hang Gong Si, 1954., 1954. Very Good. ii, 1497, 10, 2 pp. ; 14 cm. ; Edition: Xin 30 ban 新30版 ; gray firm embossed wrappers with pale sea green, blue and white dustjacket ; very thick, massive pocket-sized (or rather, satchel-sized) volume ; foxing ; pink and white endpapers ; fading and wear to dustjacket, else VG/G [This listing contains text in Chinese GB fonts]



    Chinese American Names : Tradition and Transition.[Who are Chinese Americans?; Great Variety in Dialect Sound; Chinese Names in Early Official Records; Americanization of Names; Surname Clumping and Family Associations; Parsing the Character; etc] by Louie, Emma Woo, 1926- [foreword, Him Mark Lai]

    Jefferson, North Carolina ; London : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1998., 1998. Very Good. viii, 230 pp. ; ISBN: 0786404183 ; LCCN: 97-41692 ; OCLC: 37705342 ; illustrations ; red cloth with white lettering ; searching out, compiling and analyzing Chinese American names throughout the United States, the author can dynamically present the metamorphosis of Chinese names into Chinese American names in the American environment, not only useful to Chinese Americans researching their genealogy, but also for scholars studying the effects of cultural interaction and interchange ; illustrated with photographs, reproductions of applications, certificates of residence, certificates of identity, tombstones, building markers and signage, merchant partnership contracts and the like, as well as a listing of the common surnames ; "The naming practices of Chinese Americans are the focus of this work. Since Chinese immigration began in the mid-19th century, names of immigrants and those of their descendants have been influenced by both Chinese and American name customs. The naming traditions of China are first presented. It is a base for understanding the numerous modifications that may happen to personal names in the interaction between cultures as diametrically opposed as Chinese culture can be from American culture, "itself part of another great tradition, Western civilization." One discovers that surnames are clues to Chinese dialect sounds, that many have been Americanized, that new surnames were created and that, in more recent decades as the Chinese American population has grown, new names practices developed and surnames have proliferated. Included are ideographs to surnames and an overview of their preservation by Americans of Chinese descent." ; a seminal study ; VG



    Chinese Encounters by Morath, Inge and Miller, Arthur

    U.S.A: Farrar, Straus, Giroux and McGrow-Hill Ryerson Ltd, 1979. First Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hardback First Printing. Hardcover and Jacket in Very Good Condition. Profusely illustrated. Navy cloth binding with blind-stamped design on front, silver foil titles on spine. Quite clean and unmarked with a faint sunned line on lower edge, slight rubbing of lower edges, gently small bump to lower front corner. Tight and solid sewn binding. Navy endpapers, prev owner name on ffep. Interior is very clean, no markings of any kind. Clean unmarked jacket with edgewear around spine tail and a closed tear nearby; lighter wear to spine head. The author's time in China coincided with China's political and social turn-about after the death of Mao and the fall of Jiang Qing and the Gang of Four. He discusses the growing sense of intellectual and artistic liberation, the dawning sense of isolation from the West and the eagerness to communicate and learn. Also, the reader will see the vivid street scenes, caves, mountains, waterfalls--the fantastic natural areas of China. 255 pages. 7.75 x 9.8 inches. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York and Toronto, 1979.



    The Island Of Seven Cities: Where The Chinese Settled When They Discovered America by Chiasson, Paul

    New York: St. Martin's Press. Hardcover. 2006. 1st Edition. 8vo 376pp . Near Fine in Fine DJ. B&W Illustrations. Unveils the first tangible proof that the Chinese settled in the New World before Columbus. A large Chinese colony existed and thrived on Canadian shores well before the European Age of Discovery. He addresses how the ruins had been previously overlooked or misunderstood,and how the colony was abandoned and forgotten, in China and in the New World. And he discovers the traces the colony left in the storytelling and culture of the Mi’kmaq, whose written language, clothing, technical knowledge, religious beliefs, and legends, he argues, expose deep cultural ties to China .



    Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic by Lord, Bette Bao

    New York: Alfred A Knopf Inc, 1990. First Edition. Cloth. As New/As New. Type: Hard Back A timeless book of China by an author whose web of friendships enables her to bring the reader into the essence of China through her own story and that of her clansman and others, with individual voices pouring out their memories of the tumultuous experience of China of the last half century. FIRST PRINTING. HARDCOVER BOOK AND JACKET AS NEW. Mylar jacket cover. 245 pages.



    Thunder Out of Asia. by White, Theodore H. and Annalee Jacoby

    New York : William Sloane Associates, Inc., 1946., 1946. Very Good. BOMC copy ; green cloth with gold lettering, in colorful dustjacket ; small scuff on bottom of spine ; a couple of very slight scuffs on bottom of front cover ; book club prospectus laid in ; maps on endpapers ; tear on spine of dustjacket ; sale la bel mark on fron ep ; some foxing, else VG/G



    A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (The Making of the Modern World) by Mitter, Rana

    Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2004. First Edition.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Type: Hardback First Edition. Full number line. Hardcover Book and Dust Jacket in Fine Condition. Clean and unmarked black cloth binding with silver titles, tight & solid, square with sharp corners. Internals as new. China is now poised to take a key role in world politics, but in the early twentieth century. the situation was far different. Rana Mitter turns to that pivotol moment in Chinese history to uncover the origins of the painful transition from a premodern past into a modern world tp present to a powerful new history of twentieth century China. xix + 357 pages with Guide to Further Reading, Notes, and Index. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. 2004, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK



    The Stone of Heaven : The Secret History of Imperial Green Jade. by Levy, Adrian, 1965- ; Scott-Clark, Cathy, 1965- [quote, V. C. Scott O'Connor]

    London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000., 2000. Fine. xvii, 429 pp., [16] pp. of plates : illustrated (some in color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm. ; ISBN: 0297645749; 9780297645740 ; OCLC: 59539039 ; LC: QE475.J27; Dewey: 553.876 ; "Taking us from the imperial courts of ancient China to a squalid mine in Myanmar today, this extraordinary book reveals for the first time the bizarre true story of Imperial Green Jade, one of the rarest stones in the world, more precious than diamonds, coveted for its life-extending powers and its aphrodisiac properties as well as for its astonishing beauty -- a stone that has shaped the destiny of nations and changed the lives of all who have worn it." ; red cloth with gold lettering, in color photographic dustjacket ; FINE/FINE



    英汉汉英两用词典 = A New English-Chinese Dictionary ; A Complete Chinese-English Dictionary [Yinghan Hanying liang yong ci dian] ; How to Write a Composition =镇养作文 [zhen yang zuo wen] by [Bian Zhe Shi], ed

    上海 :世界书局 , [Shanghai : Shi jie shu ju (World Publishing House)], Feb / 59 (1959), 1959. Good. [2], 524, 1005, [14] pp. : tables ; 18 cm. ; orange cloth with gold characters, in green and white dustjacket ; frayed dustjacket ; front flyleaf out ; name on front ep ; foxing ; shaken ; thick volume ; listing of parts of speech at back in tables plus a short chapter on composition ; G/FAIR [This listing contains text in Chinese fonts]



    The Chinese Heritage: A New and Provocative View of the Origins of Chinese Society by Wu, Kuocheng

    New York, New York, USA: Crown Publishers, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hard Back First Printing. Hardcover Book and Dust Jacket in Very Good Condition. A comprehensive history of Chinese civilization from the first appearance of written language to the time when China's basic political, cultural, and social institutions were well enough established to be codified in book form--from approx 2500 B.C. to A.D.1100. Binding of burgundy cloth over spine with gilt titles, gold cloth-over boards, no edgewear, rear board has greyish cast on upper part (from rubbing?), front and spine very clean and unmarked; heavy, tight and solid volume. Internals very clean, no markings, pages up to about p. 50 are wrinkled on lower corner. Jacket is clean and unmarked, spine head with small chips, v-shaped closed tear on upper edge, a touch of wear at some corners. 496 pages with Bibliography and Index. 9.5 x 7.25 inches. 1981, Crown Publishers, New York, New York, USA



    Chairman Mao Talks to the People:Talks & Letters 1956-1971[Pantheon Asia Library][Chengdu Conference; Questions of Philosophy; Talk to the Music Workers; Talks with Mao Yuan-hsin; Ten Great Relationships; Lushan Conference][Unrehearsed] by Schram, Stuart R. [Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976. (Tse Tung); trans., John Chinnery, Tie Yun]

    New York : Pantheon Books, 1975, ©1974., 1975. Very Good. 1st American edition ; 352 pp. ; 22 cm. ; ISBN: 0394486889 ; LCCN: 73-18731 ; OCLC: 841337 ; LC: DS778.M3 ; Dewey: 335.43/4 ; "This collection contains speeches never before translated or only available in small sections...[and] brings together in one book some of Mao's most important addition, many of Mao's most important discussions during the Cultural Revolution and the controversies surrounding Lin Biao's fall are made available."--jacket ; wine-red cloth with gold lettering in photographic color dustjacket ; scratch to front cover ; edge wear to dustjacket ; VG/VG



    Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze [Yangzijiang shang you de Xiaofuzi] [A City Set on a Hill; Service at the Point of a Rifle; For Sale: Dragon's Breath, Cheap; Tilting with Fire; A Footstool for Bandits; A River on the Rampage; A Use for Curiosity; etc] by Lewis, Elizabeth Foreman, 1892-1958 ; Wiese, Kurt, 1887- , illus

    Chicago : Cadmus Books ; E. M. Hale and Company, 1932., 1932. Fair. v, 265 pp. : illustrated ; 21 cm. ; OCLC: 7412159 ; ex-library, stamps, date due, tape-reinforced spine and corners ; text in English ; Summary: In the 1920's a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling cit y offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith ; "This special edition is published by arrangement with the publisher of the regular edition, The John C. Winston Company." ; this is an intelligently illustrated edition with pictures (fou r in color) by Kurt Wiese ; the illustrations are full of details and unlike many texts from the period dealing with Chinese culture, the writing and cultural artifacts depicted are true-to-life ; includes a glossary of Chinese words, and chapter no tes about China's geography, people and customs ; wear and foxing ; red cloth with gold/yellow lettering and picture ; won the Newbery Medal ; both Lewis and Wiese lived and worked in China for a number of years and here draw on their experiences to paint a realistic portrait of China ; FAIR



    No secret is safe : Behind the bamboo curtain = [Zhong gong jian chiang] by Mark Tennian of Maryknoll. (Ge qiang you er) by Tennien, Mark A

    New York : Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952., 1952. Very Good. 270 pp. ; illustrated with diagrams and photographs ; 22 cm. ; LCCN: 52-13933 ; OCLC: 1349901 ; red cloth with black lettering, in nicked photographic dustjacket ; Father Tennien having lived through imprisonment at the hand of the Japanese in China , was later imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese Communists ; "He is probably the first American to be put through a communist indoctrination course, a course he successfully passed--and resisted. During the hours of torment he lived through, he witnessed the mental cruelty, the purge, the tortures used to dehumanize and enslave a nation."--Dustjacket ; text in English ; VG/VG




    Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1962. Hardcover. Very Good/good. 8 x 11 in. Green cloth boards with gilt titles. Color plates. A facsimile reprint of the 1920's edition. Condition is VERY GOOD ; corners and spine ends bumped and worn, covers clean but sunned at edges. Binding tight and text unmarked. DJ is GOOD ; not price-clipped ($12.50) edges very worn wit many chips and tears, overall quite rubbed with some delamination. Antiques. Stax.

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