Hardcover. San Francisco, Ten Speed Press, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 128 pages. A GRAND TOUR OF ASIA recreates a time and a place that no longer exists except in the lyrical images so lovingly preserved by the lens of a wandering American, and so wryly captured in the prose of his mysterious companions nearly a century ago. Christian Rub, a character actor in Hollywood films, presented the intriguing album to its current owner, Hania Tallmadge, in 1949, when she was a child.A historically unique collection of photographs taken in the spring of 1910 on a four-month tour of the Far East, presented in an exquisite facsimile edition of the album in which they were originally discovered.Includes more than 150 images reproduced in their actual size, their hand-tinted colors authentic and un-retouched. Even the handwritten script has been carefully replicated.
Softcover. London/NY, Routledge , 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 288 pages, illustrated in b&w. Empire Building is a study of how and why Western architecture was exported to the Middle East and how Islamic and Byzantine architectural ideas and styles impacted on the West.The book explores how far racial theory and political and religious agendas guided British architects (and how such ideas were resisted when applied), and how Eastern ideas came to influence the West, through writers such as Ruskin and buildings such as the Crystal Palace.Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated, Empire Building takes the reader on an extraordinary postcolonial journey, backwards and forwards, into the heart and to the edge of empire.
Hardcover. East Sussex, UK, Ammonite Press, 1st, 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 240 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A tight copy. Over 180 black & white photographs. Isabella Bird was one of the 19th century's most remarkable women explorers. Her global travels and subsequent books made her famous, and led to her becoming one of the first female members of the Royal Geographical Society in 1891. This book celebrates her achievements of Isabella Bird with a beautiful pictorial record of her last great journey through China in the closing years of the 19th century, with supporting text by travel photography expert Debbie Ireland. The highlight of her visit was journeying by boat and sedan chair to make a major tour of the valley of the Yangtze River and much beyond, right up to the border with Tibet.
Hardcover. Watkins, reprint, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 272 pages. Marco Polo (c.1254-1324) was a Christian merchant from the Venetian Republic who learned about trading while his father and uncle were absent on an extended journey through Asia, which culminated in a visit with the great khan Kublai. In 1269 the brothers returned to Venice and met Marco for the first time. The three of them then embarked on a new journey to Asia and the court of the khan, returning after more than two decades to find Venice at war. Marco was imprisoned in Genoa, whereupon he dictated his romantic-sounding stories to a cellmate. The popularity of his account is a rare example of a success in publishing before the age of printing. Introduction by John Masefield.
Hardcover. Berkeley, University of California Press, First Edition, 1983 , Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 422 pages. Hardcover. Grey cloth boards with iridescent titles to spine. Black & white diagrams, charts throughout. Bright dust jacket with light sunfade to rear of jacket & a couple tears to edges. Light foxing top edge. Clean & unmarked text.
Hardcover. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 388 pages, hardcover. B&w plates. INSCRIBED BY ECKERT. Light foxing to edge and light wear to bottom edges of cover. According to conventional interpretations, the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910 destroyed a budding native capitalist economy on the peninsula and blocked the development of a Korean capitalist class until 1945. In this expansive and provocative study, now available in paperback, Carter J. Eckert challenges the standard view and argues that Japanese imperialism, while politically oppressive, was also the catalyst and cradle of modern Korean industrial development. Ancient ties to China were replaced by new ones to Japan - ties that have continued to shape the South Korean political economy down to the present day.Eckert explores a wide range of themes, including the roots of capitalist development in Korea, the origins of the modern business elite, the nature of Japanese colonial policy and the Japanese colonial state, the relationship between the colonial government and the Korean economic elite, and the nature of Korean collaboration. He conveys a clear sense of the human complexity, archival richness, and intellectual challenge of the historical period. His documentation is thorough; his arguments are compelling and often strikingly innovative.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Hokuseido Press, Reprint, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 382 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket & slipcase. Mustard cloth boards with black printed titles to spine. Full page, full color illustrations protected with tissue guards throughout. Frontis illustration, Man Playing the Samisen, in full color & protected with a tissue guard. Chronological chart of Japanese Humor tipped-in. Dust jacket with light wear to edges, lightly price-clipped to corners. Plain slipcase with creases, light wear to edges. Clean, unmarked copy.
Hardcover. NY, Century Co., 1st, 1919, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, yellow cloth stamped with black design, 240 pages illustrated with b&w photos. A book that covers many aspects of life in China through the eyes of an extraordinary woman: "Ellen Newbold La Motte (1873 - 1961) was an American nurse, journalist and author. After WW1, LaMotte travelled to Asia, where she witnessed the horrors of opium addiction. These travels provided her with material for six books, three of them explicitly dealing with the opium problem, this being the first. Covers show shelf wear, soil.
Hardcover. Boston, Shambhala Publications, First Edition, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover four volume set. Red cloth covered boards with black text block & gilt titles to spine. Bright full color dust jacket to each volume. Vol. 1 - 485 pages. Dust jacket now protected with a plastic cover. Tight, clean & unmarked throughout. Vol. 2 - 551 pages. Black & white illustrated figures & diagrams. Dust jacket protected with a plastic cover. Vol. 3. -561 pages. Tight binding, clean & unmarked pages throughout. Vol. 4 - 456 pages. Tight binding, sharp corners, clean & unmarked pages throughout. A nice set.