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Many of our Biblio booksellers offer rare Asian history books. Asian history is a popular topic, and many of the antique Asian history books include unique and beautiful illustrations and maps. Any antiquarian books collection should embrace rare Asian history books. Search this page for many examples of rare and valuable books that specialize in Asian history.

Butsuzou Zui (Illustrated Compendium of Buddhist Images) by Hidenibu Tosa

1690 1ed Japanese Woodblock Illustrated Buddhism Buddha Amida Butsuzou Zui A rare, 17th-century handwritten Japanese woodblock book 'Butsuzō-zui' 仏像図彙, or 'Illustrated Compendium of Buddhist Images,' was first published in 1690 (Genroku 元禄 3...

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Vernacular Translation of the Military Tale of the Han and Chu. Tsūzoku kanso gundan, 通俗漢楚軍談. つうぞくかんそぐんだん。 by Unknown

1696 Japanese Woodblock Chinese History Tsuzoku kanso gundan Qing Han War CHINA A 17th century Sino-Japanese woodblock print history of the Chu-Han Contention between the Qing and Han Dynasty bound in the fukurotoji style. The Tsuzoku kanso gundan is the ...

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History of China and its inhabitants. [Harper’s Family Library. No. LXXXI] by DAVIS, John Francis

1836 History of CHINA Asia Confucius Buddhist MAGIC OCCULT Alchemy Ghosts John Francis Davis was a 19th-century British politician who became the governor of Hong Kong during his diplomatic journeys to China. He published a broad but extensive history of...

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China in Sign and Symbol. With Decorations by Kent Crane. First edition in Jacket, chemise and slipcase by Louise Crane & Kent Crane

A beautiful copy preserved in the more desirable art deco jacket. Housed in custom chemise and green quarter morocco slipcase. Photographs of Peking storefronts by J.D. Zumbrun; color lithographs of shop signs by Kent Crane. Deckled edges.; 4to; xx, 2...

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The History of the Indian Mutiny: Giving a Detailed Account of the Sepoy Insurrection in India; and a Concise History of the Great Military Events which have tended to Consolidate British Empire in Hindostan; by Charles Ball [2 volumes] by Ball, Charles

London and New York: London Printing and Publishing Co, 1858. Hardcover. Very Good +. "Illustrated with Battle Scenes, Views of Places, Portraits and Maps, Beautifully Engraved on Steel." 2 volumes: [8], 2, vii, [1], 647, [1] p.; [4], viii, 6...

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First Edition STATED December 1946 Intro by Ray, Sibnarayan This edition is now long out of print and hard to find.1946 SIBNARAYAN RAY published these essays in bengali under the title SAHITYAGHNTA and immediately became the most controversial figure i...

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The Ameer Namah. A Persian Work Compiled by Moonshee Ameer Ali Khan Bahadoor, with an Abstract Translation in English. by Moonshee Ameer Ali Khan Bahadoor (Ameer alli Khan Bahadur)

Brown cloth with blindstamped decorations to covers and gilt particulars to spine, which has been professionally rebacked. Light foxing throughout. Inscribed to "[Judge Elphinstone] Jackson with the author's best compliments-" at rear of book. Jackson ...

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The history of the British Empire in India (Six Volume Set) by Thornton, Edward

Wm. H. Allen & Co. London. 1841-45. First editions. Six volumes. Octavo. xvi, 574pp + publisher's catalogue; xvi, 576pp + publisher's catalogue; viii,575pp + publisher's catalogue; xi, 734pp + publisher's catalogue; xi, 586pp, 6 coloured folding maps; x, ...

From Paul Haynes Rare Books


An Outline History of China - Signed Two Volume Set, 1st Edition by Gowen, Herbert H

Boston: Sherman, French & Company, 1913. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket As Issued. 8" x 5.25" x 1. TWO VOLUME SET - 1st Edition - 1913: Both books have very good condition, tight binding, solid cloth boards, ...

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A translation of the Confucian [Yih king] or the "Classic of Change", with notes and appendix. by Reverend Canon [Thomas] McClatchie

First edition in English of the I-Ching, the ancient Chinese book of divination, sometimes attributed to Confucius but actually much earlier, possibly with origins in the second millennium and so the most ancient text of Chinese Civilization. OCLC lists b...

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Ceylon: a general description of the island and its inhabitants; with an historical sketch of the conquest of the Colony by the English. by Marshall, Henry

William H Allen. London. 1846. 8vo. xvi, 287pp. Map, coloured in outline, frontis., engraved sketch plan of Kandy. Later full cloth, with the spine in six compartments, gilt lettering, paying homage to the original cloth binding. New endpapers. Pages untr...

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The punishments of China by MASON, George Henry

1801 1ed CHINA Punishments Torture Color Illustrated Chinese Travel Mason FOLIO George Henry Mason's 'Punishments of China' is a rare early 19th-century book illustrating the various forms of punishment and crime sentencing used throughout Chinese histor...

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AJANTA FRESCOES, being reproductions in colour and monochrome of frescoes in some of the caves at Ajanta after copies taken in the years 1909-1911 -- FIRST EDITION by Lady Herringham

London: Humphrey Milford (Oxford University Press), 1915. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. FIRST PRINTING of the RARE First Edition -- "limited to 600 copies, of which 350 on...



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