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(OPIUM). [EDKINS, Dr Joseph].
Opium: historical Note, or, The poppy in China published by order of the Inspector General of Customs. (China. Imperial maritime customs. II, Special series: no. 13.)
Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs and sold by Key & Walsh Limited in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yokohama and Singapore and by P. S. King & Son in London,
First edition of this important report on the history of opium use and trade in China, printed in China but considered the the first English-language… (more)
First edition of this important report on the history of opium use and trade in China, printed in China but considered the the first English-language book on opium. Its author was a British missionary long established in the Far East as a translator for the Inspectorate General of Customs at Shanghai. It provides not only botanical and medicinal accounts drawn from earlier Chinese sources, but traces the introduction of opium by Arab and then European traders which had led to the nineteenth-century opium wars.(see full details)More details Price: £3,750.00
Recueil de chansons.
A very neat collection of popular songs, most from the 1850s, of the sort circulated in ephemeral printed and manuscript song sheets. Highlights include: Est-ce… (more)
A very neat collection of popular songs, most from the 1850s, of the sort circulated in ephemeral printed and manuscript song sheets. Highlights include: Est-ce le hatchich qui t’a mis comme ça: an uncommon reference to hashish in this context, and a song (in common with several others in the manuscript) for which we can find no printed source. Sung to the tune of ‘Aÿ chiquita’, this is a woman’s complaint to her suitor, with the chorus:
‘Est-ce l’absinthe, ou bien encore,
Le hatchich qui t’as mis, dis-moi,
Dans cet état que j’aborre,
Et tu veux m’aimer! Ah! Tais-toi.’
This is hardly Baudelaire, but a pleasing contemporary parallel to Les Paradis artificiels.(see full details)
Others include Les Cris de Paris, Les Chemins de fer and Les Anges de la charité ou les inondés de 1856 and there are songs attributable to Pierre Dupont and Charles Durand, both popular in the 1850s and 60s. Some are in dialect and typically, the subjects tend towards love, drink and gastronomy, but there are also a couple alluding to the language of flowers. The compilation is scrupulously neat—and is presumably, in part, an exercise in penmanship.More details Price: £400.00