MIKE BERRO'S BOOKS ABOUT CHINA COLLECTION
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(No author) Ancient Chinese Fables 1982 Children's Press Shanghai. First edition. Six chapbooks in a pictorial cardboard slipcase. Contains 15 stories illustrated in full color. Price sticker on slipcase, else near fine.
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Blyth, R. H. Zen in English Literature 1942 Hokuseido Press Tokyo. First edition. Certificate of authenticity tipped onto the rear free endpaper, with the seal (honko) of R.H. Blyth himself, a circular stamp with R H Blyth spelled out in Katakana. Yellowing paper, else near fine in DW with slightly sunned spine. Small "Oriental Bookstore" stamp on bottom of front pastedown, and some offsetting from the DJ to the endpapers.
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Carus, Paul (translator) The Canon of Reason and Virtue Being Lao-tze's Tao Teh King 1945 Open Court Publishing Chicago. One of the fundamental philosophers, Lao-tze, is presented both in Chinese and English. Good condition. The exterior paper on spine is peeling and half gone, but the spine itself is tight and pages are intact.
Chivas-Baron, Cl. Stories and Legends of Annam 1920 Andrew Melrose Ltd. UK. First edition. Near fine in very good DW.
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Downing, C. Toogood Stranger in China, or, The Fan-Qui's Visit to The Celestial Empire in 1836-7 1838 Lea & Blanchard Philadelphia. First edition. Volume I of two volumes. Brown textured hardcover with black titling on paper overlay on spine, 4 3/4" x 7 5/8", 248 pages. Book is in good condition showing wear to cover, corners, edges, top & bottom of spine, some repair to spine cover, title overlay is partially deteriorated, discoloration of cover, aged pages, foxing & spotting, bound well, all pages intact.
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Goddard, Dwight The Buddha's Golden Path 1930 Luzac & Company UK. First edition. Warm inscription to a Dr. Harris Kennedy from the author on the half title page. Laid in is a TLS from the author to Dr. Kennedy regarding the imminent demise of ZEN magazine, of which Goddard was editor. Near fine in red cloth covers.
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Junne, I. K. (ed) Floating Clouds, Floating Dreams: Favorite Asian Folktales 1974 Doubleday NY. Doubleday 1974. 134 pgs Tales from Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Persia, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. Fine in very good DW.
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Li Po translated by Shigeyoshi Obata The Works of Li Po 1922 Dutton NY. First edition of this translation. Limited to 1500 copies. Bound in dark maroon leather and a beautiful patterned cloth, with raised gilt pattern, ribs and lettering. Preface states that this is the first attempt ever made to deal with any single Chinese poet exclusively in one book for English-speaking people. Biibliography; biographical notes on Li Po by Chinese authors. Each poem gives the Chinese title and many have explanatory notes. 236 pages. Condition of the boards is good; there is edge wear along spine, corner bumps, and one scrape across the back. Inside very clean. A page in front has small paper label in Chinese. Endpapers are maps. Frontiepiece protected by tissue.
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Old, Walter Gorn The Shu King 1904 Theosophical Publishing Society London & Benares. First edition of this translation. "Being an Authentic Record of the Religion, Philosophy, Customs and Government of the Chinese From the Earliest Times." The author translated this from the ancient text and included a commentary. Chapters include What Yaou Said, the Shining of Shun, the Toils of Ta-yu, Ending of Hia, the Reformation of Tai-Kia, the Parley of Puon-Kang, a Wise Man From The Wild erness, the Ruin of Yin & Two Pointed Things. Custom bound in three-quarter dark blue morocco leather over blue cloth. Ornaments and lettering stamped in gilt. Top edge gilt, raised bands. And marbled endpapers. 7 1/2" x 5" 306 pages. Very good.
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Quentin, A. P. A Taoist Pearl 1928 MacMillan Toronto. First edition. "The MacMillans in Canada" bookplate on front pastedown. Near fine in very good DW with large chips on front cover and spine, the latter affecting text.
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She, Lao (trans by William A. Lyell, Jr.) Cat Country 1980 Ohio State Univ Press Ohio. First English edition. "A satirical novel of China in the 1930's." Fine in near-fine DW.
Smith, Madorah E. Little Foreign Devils 1923 Madorah Smith Iowa. First edition. Inscribed on the FFEP "Mrs. E. West from Mother Smith", followed by what looks like references to two passages in the bible. This book was apparently self-published. Children's story of an American child abroad. Near fine, light mustard color cloth with pasted on pictorial of two Chinese children with an American child in the middle.
Starrett, Vincent Oriental Encounter 1938 Normandie House Chicago. First edition. Signed by the author on the dedication page. One of 249 copies on Andria paper. Pages roughly opened, else fine in orange colth-covered boards sans DW as issued.
Swann, Nancy Lee Pan Chao: The Foremost Woman Scholar of China 1932 The Century Co. NY. First edition. The first biographical study of a Chinese woman that has been published either in Chinese or any Western language. Published for The American Historical Association. Near fine in very good DJ.
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T'ieh-yun, Liu (translated by Harold Shadick) The Travels of Lao Ts'an 1952 Cornell University Press NY. First edition of this translation, written between 1904 and 1907. Inscribed "To Tazu, with many thanks for all your help in preparing the manuscript. Harold Shadik" on the front free endpaper. Near fine in green cloth-covered boards.
Tsiang, H. T. China Red 1931 Tsiang NY. First edition. Published by the author. Signed in English and Chinese by the author on the title page, and dated "jan 22, 1935." Blurb by Theodore Dreiser on preliminary sheet. Pages clean and tight, card covers chipped and creased, spine all but gone, neatly "bound" in cellotape.
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van Gulik, Robert Sexual Life in Ancient China 1961 E. J. Brill Leiden, Netherlands. First edition. "A Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society From Ca. 1500 B.C. till 1644 A.D." 392 pp. Quite rare in dust jacket. Near fine in very good DW with chips and tears.
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Watts, Alan The Spirit of Zen 1936 John Murray UK. First edition of the author's first book. Yellow cloth boards with Arabic man illustrated on cover. Book has previous owner's name on the front endpaper with personal bookplate affixed, rear endpaper has a few creases otherwise solid, clean and tight throughout. Dustjacket has chips and small tears, some age tanning, and a few discolored stains.
Wiliams, R. Wells Middle Kingdom 1883 W. H. Allen & Co. UK. First revised edition, in two volumes. "A Survey of the Geography, Government, Literature, Social Life, Arts, and History of the Chinese Empire and Its Inhabitants." Each volume with a fold-out colour frontispiece, volume two has a large folded map inserted in a pocket inside the rear cover. Dark green cloth boards with gold lettering and illustrations. Very good.
Wu, Yuan-Li The Economy of Communist China 1965 Pall Mall UK. First edition. Pages starting to yellow, else fine in DW.
Wylie, Alexander Notes on Chinese Literature 1902 American Presbyterian Mission Shanghai. New (second) edition, first published in 1867. The term 'literature' really means publicatons in this context. This then is a bibilography of books arranged by classics, histoy, philosophers, belles- lettres. Each classification is then again broken down into smaller subjects, with entries filed behind them. Quarter leather worn and cracked at spine, runned at corners. Otherwise very good, with unfoxed pages. Contemporaneous ownership notes and stamps on front pastdown and title page, including a Chinese 'chop' stamp in red ink.
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Yutang, Lin The Little Critic 1935 Commercial Press Shanghai. First editions. "Essays, Satires and Sketches on China 1930-1935" in two volumes. The best of Lin Yutang's essays, written for his Shanghai magazine "The China Critic" from 1930 to 1935. 299 and 258 pages, measuring approximately 7" by 5". Both books are in very good condition, hardbound in blue cloth, with the paper dust jackets intact but for moderate chipping to extremities.
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Zeitlin, Ida (Illustrations by Theodore Nadejen) Gessar-Khan: A Legend of Tibet 1927 Doran NY. First American edition and first English translation. In Peking in 1716 there appeared in the Mongolian language the legend of Gessar Khan, mythical hero of Asia. This edition is based on the original German translation, "Die Thaten Bogda Gessar Chans", St. Petersburg, 1839, of a Mongolian edition of 1836. Decorative orange and black endpapers. Quarto, 203 pp. Very good in bright DW with 2-inch square piece missing from bottom of spine, and chips and tears along all edges.
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