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Biblio has many books that focus on certain regions of the world, and there are many rare and antique books available on Asia and Asiana culture and traditions. Several of the books in the rare Asiana books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room are non-fiction works by Asian authors, and others are famously rare novels about Asia or that take place in Asia. Many of the rare and antique books in the rare Asiana books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room are first editions or signed by the author.

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A Chinese Pronunciation Dictionary in Peking Dialect.
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A Chinese Pronunciation Dictionary in Peking Dialect.

by Okamoto, M. (Masabumi).

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Tokyo, Bunkyudo-shoten, 1916. Hardcover. .. Three parts in one volume. Small octavo. Pp. (ii), 244, (viii) blanks, (ii) verso blank. Tissue guard between English and Chinese title-pages. HARDCOVER, bound in modern full burgundy cloth, placed in matching, custom-made full cloth slipcase, with the original morocco gilt lettering-piece laid-down, gilt lettering to spine panel, marbled edges, round corners. Some pencil underlining to index, light wear to outer bottom edge of a section of leaves, neatly repaired in places, some marginal stains at end. A very good, handsome copy, beautifully bound. ~ Eleventh edition, revised and enlarged. See also: Japanese National Bibliography, National Diet Library, Tokyo. Provenance: from the private library of the late scholar Frits Vos (1918-2000), professor of Japanese and Korean studies, with his neat signature. I-5 OUT
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Travels of a Consular Officer in Eastern Tibet: Together With A History of  the Relations between...

Travels of a Consular Officer in Eastern Tibet: Together With A History of the Relations between China, Tibet, and India

by Teichman, Eric

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First Edition
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Cambridge: University Press. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1922. First Edition. Hardcover. Owner's inscription dated 1923. A few spots of foxing to endpapers. No tears to the folding map. A 3/8" tear at lower end of gutter at rear endpaper. Hinges weak. Some minor rubbing to cloth boards and to ends of spine. Slight bruising to lower corners of boards. A nice copy of an important background book for the political history of Tibet in the first half of the twentieth century. Uncommon in this condition.; First printing. xxiii, [1], 248 pages + 64 b&w photographic plates + 8 maps (including 1 large folding colour map in pocket at rear). Publisher's green cloth boards with gilt lettering and publisher's emblem on spine. Page dimensions: 241 x 164 mm. "It having been found impossible to reconcile the conflicting boundary claims of China and Tibet at the tripartite conference held in India in 1914, the Tibetan question dragged on unsettled through the years of the… Read More
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Strange stories from a Chinese studio ; Liao zhai zhi yi.[Adulteration punished--The...

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New York : Boni and Liveright ; [Colchester ; London ; Eton : Printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and Co. Ltd.], 1925., 1925. Very Good. xxiii, 488 pp. ; 20 cm. ; OCLC: 2299729 ; LC: PL2722.U2 ; brown and black cloth with gold lettering and designs ; decorative endpapers ; One hundred and sixty-four stories from the Liao-chai chih-i by P'u Sung-ling ; The Arabian Nights of China, fil led with wonderful stories and strange happenings involving ghosts, fairy foxes, gods and demons, and reversals of fate, translated by the compiler of the great Chinese-English dictionary ; Some story titles: Adulteration punished--The Alchemist--An other SOlomon--The Boat-girl Bride--The boatmen of Lao-lung--Carrying a Corpse--The Butterfly's Revenge--The Censor in Purgatory--The Clay Image--The Country of the Cannibals--Cruelty Avenged--The Dead Priest--Death by Laughing--The Disembodied Frie nd--The Donkey's Revenge--Engaged to a Nun--Examination for the Post of Guardian Angel--The Faithless Widow--Feasting the Ruler… Read More
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????????;??? [zhu shi jiao zheng hua ying si shu; gu lu shu][Annotated Corrected Chinese-English...
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????????;??? [zhu shi jiao zheng hua ying si shu; gu lu shu][Annotated Corrected Chinese-English Four Books; Gu Lu, Arranger] {The Four Books, Chinese Classics in English}[Great Learning; Moderation; Analects (of Confucius); Mencius]

by Legge, James, (1815-1897) [?? Gu Lu][?? Wang Tao?, (1828-1897)] Confucius ; Mencius

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[Hong Kong : London Mission Society Press, c1861] ; ??????? [Shanghai : Shanghai Shangye Yingshuguan, n.d., 1861. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. [1], 298, 378 pp. ; bound in Chinese fashion, with folded sheets right to left, in a western-style, mid-nineteenth century cloth board cover binding with decorations ; James Legge, the famous Scottish sinologist and missionary of the London Missionary Society was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on Dec 20th, 1815. He graduated from Highbury Theological College in 1837, joined the London Missionary Society in 1838 and went to Malacca in 1839 as a missionary. In 1843 Legge arrived in Hong Kong and remained there until 1873 except for three short trips back to Scotland. In 1876, Legge became the first professor of Chinese at the University of Oxford, and died in 1897 ; This is the first volume of Legge's monumental translation of nine sacred books of Chinese literature, in a very probable 1st edition, 1st Chinese printing, with mixed asian and western… Read More
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Ennin's Travels in T'ang China
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Ennin's Travels in T'ang China

by Reischauer, Edwin O.

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NYH: The Ronald Press Co., 1955. First edition. Hard cover in original cloth. Published NY: The Ronald Press Co., 1955, first printing. 8vo., xii+341pp. Brown cloth with white titles and designs, map endpapers. From the preface: "Ennin, a Japanese Buddhist monk, crossed the sea to China in the year 838 and during the next nine and a half years kept a detailed diary of his travels through the vast T'ang Empire until he finally returned to Japan in 847…It is the first account of life in China by any foreign visitor." Slight rub to publisher's name on spine, else near fine, bright, crisp. . 1st. Hard. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo.
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The History of Persia: From the Most Early Period to the Present Time  Containing an Account of...
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The History of Persia: From the Most Early Period to the Present Time Containing an Account of the Religion, Government, Usages, and Character of the Inhabitants of That Kingdom

by John Malcolm

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Used - Very Good
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First Edition
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Professionally recased; half calf; marbled boards. Twenty four copper engravings on twenty-three plates. A handsome and sturdy set. Volume 1. xxii, errata, list of plates, 644; Volume 2. vii, 715, errata. Foxing to plates. Discrete bookplate to pastedown. ; 4to; All shipments through USPS insured Priority Mail.
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Imperial Woman

Imperial Woman: A historical novel about the last Empress of China

by Pearl S. Buck

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John Day, New York 1956 . No other dates. VG+/VG- Rare edition in Rare DJ. Collectible copy of hard to find book in early printing. Burnt orange hardcover in VG + condition . Slight bumping to spines. Light shelf wear to edges and corners. Tight, clean copy. A few tiny spots on first fly leaf, otherwise no marks , no book plate, no P O, no stickers, no foxing, no smells. DJ shows wear. Tears at top and bottom of spine as well corners and edges. Statement by Sterling North on the back of DJ, "In Defense of the Novel".Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriquing rulers during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi - Empress of China, in youth a beautiful concubine, in middle life a brilliant strategist, in old age a goddess. Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court but adored by the people. The Empress's rise to power parallels the story of China's transition from the ancient to modern way.
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Bibliographie Arabe: Bibliographie des Ouvrages Arabes ou Relatifs aux  Arabes publies dans...
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Bibliographie Arabe: Bibliographie des Ouvrages Arabes ou Relatifs aux Arabes publies dans l'Europe Chretienne de 1810 a 1885 (12 Volume Set)

by Victor Chauvin

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12 Volume Set. Bound in paper, minor damage to cover in some volumes. Wear to head and tail of most spines in set. Clear and clean throughout. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; All shipments through USPS insured Priority Mail.
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Yijhen: Taiwanese Folk Art Performance Postage Stamps Pictorial
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Yijhen: Taiwanese Folk Art Performance Postage Stamps Pictorial

by Hsu, Samuel J.S.

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Chunghwa Post, 2004. Hardcover. Used- Fine condition. Book is clean and tight. Book shows very light shelf wear. All stamps and postcards are included in the book. The plastic holders for the postcards on pg. 17-23 are coming slightly unglued. No markings on the inside of the book. Photos are of the book we have here at Barbed Wire Books.
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An account of the Pelew Islands: situated in the western part of the Pacific Ocean.: Composed...
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An account of the Pelew Islands: situated in the western part of the Pacific Ocean.: Composed from the journals and communications of Captain Henry Wilson, and some of his officers, who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a packet belonging to the Hon. East India Company

by KEATE, George

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Third
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1789 George Keate Account of Pelew Islands Philippines War Palau South Pacific

George Keate's "Account of the Pelew Islands" is a rare 18th-century description of the Pelew people and Oceania regions of the South Pacific including the Philippines and other Pacific islands. Keate wrote this work was based on the account of Henry Wilson, an English sailor in the East India Company. His ship, the Antelope, was shipwrecked off of the Palau islands. Following the premier in 1788, this book became immensely popular to readers in England, a book in which Keate described the local Pelew people as savages and drew in audiences with descriptions of unknown and unfamiliar lands.

Keate's 'Account' gives descriptions of coral Reefs, manners and customs of the natives, details of battles and local wars, weapons and military tactics, canoe making, and more.

This 1789 edition includes a section on the vocabulary of the Pelew language.

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Philips' Commercial Map of China
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Philips' Commercial Map of China

by HOSIE, SIR ALEXANDER. (EDITED BY).

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[London].: George Philip & Son.. No date. (circa1937).. Very large, handsome coloured linen backed map 167.5 x 114.5cm, folds into cloth boards 29.5 x 24.5cm. Scale 1:3,000,000 or 48 miles to an inch. Marbled front free endpaper creased and torn with some loss. Ribbon ties detached, cloth soiled, corners of corners worn and bumped, cloth along case joints torn in places. Although the case shows wear this striking map is in excellent condition. The map features three inset maps: Shanghai/Nanking District; Peking Tsinan District and Sinkiang. A key gives reference to the symbols of communities used which include animal and vegetable products, mineral products and manufactured products. A scarce map packed with fascinating detail of China at a crucial time in the country's history. .
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The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical...
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The Chater Collection. Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, 1655-1860; with Historical and Descriptive Letterpress.

by ORANGE, JAMES.

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Number 77 of a limited edition of 750 copies.
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London.: Butterworth.. Number 77 of a limited edition of 750 copies.. 1924.. Maps including colour folding plan of City of Victoria, 18 colour plates, many in black and white, 528pp, bibliography, index, bright top edge gilt. Fore edge lightly browned, front endpapers browned, cloth very clean and bright, lettered in bright gilt, an exceptional copy in original slightly chipped dustjacket. 30.7 x 25.5cm. This remarkable book records the extraordinary collection that Hong Kong businessman Sir Paul Chater built. This volume includes descriptions and representations of the prints and maps within his collection. Paul Chater was an energetic and innovative man who though coming from disadvantage built an enviable business empire as well as involving himself with the government of Hong Kong. He served as Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council for 30 years ending only with his death. When Sir Paul Chater died in 1926 his collection of porcelain, prints and paintings together with Marble Hall,… Read More
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The Story About Ping
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The Story About Ping

by Flack, Marjorie

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WE ARE HAPPY TO PRESENT: Flack, Marjorie. THE STORY ABOUT PING. TRUE FIRST EDITION 1933 VIKING PRESS. 3 lines of copyright information. HARDCOVER. BACK DJ FLAP INCLUDES JUNIOR VIKING COUPON. Matching blue floating duck back board and dust jacket panels do not bear weekly reader logo. PLEASE SEE OUR PHOTO OF DJ BACK PANEL. Unclipped Front DJ flap priced at $1.00 . ILLUSTRATED BY KURT WIESE. QUITE THE FIND. USED. VERY GOOD CONDITION/ GOOD CONDITION DJ. A CLEAN SOLID COPY. PLEASE SEE OUR PHOTOS. Summary " Ping was an adventurous duck who lived on a beautiful wise-eyed boat on the Yangtze River. He liked his life on the riverboat just and liked his large family and his kind master. He didn't like to be the last in line to board the boat at night, for that unlucky duck got a loud spank" . Will ship from Oregon.
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Dated Buddha Images of Northern Siam

Dated Buddha Images of Northern Siam: With fifty-seven plates and twelve figures in the text

by A. B. Griswold

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Ascona, Switzerland: Artibus Asiae Publishers, 1959. Second Printing. VG in G DJ. Interior is tight, bright, and clean with no ownership marks. Binding shows all four corners bumped, all edges rubbed, and damage to lower spine. Unclipped DJ is intact but heavily challenged with heavy tearing, creasing, chipping, and rubbing. Photo is of the copy we have here at Barbed Wire Books.
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The Art of Face Painting in Chinese Music-Drama
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The Art of Face Painting in Chinese Music-Drama

by Zhang Geng , Editor-in-Chief

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Jiangxi Art Publishing Company, 1993. Hardcover First Edition. 170pp, large quarto in case. Compiled by the Music-drama Institute of the Chinese Academy of Arts. Near Fine book in Good slipcase. Gray boards show minor shelf and handling wear; there is a crease on the page before the Contents. Else clean and bright. This is, overall, a stunning volume, colorful and clean, gray boards and colorful pastedown are clean, tight binding. Slipcase shows significant shelf and handling wear with scuffing, fading, three tears in the binding at the spine of the slipcase, and edge and corner wear. It has done its job protecting the volume inside. [Seattle, WA, U.S.A.] Photos are of the copy here at Barbed Wire Books.
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