Published in 1859 by William Blackwood. The pair of books are packed with maps, colour plates, black and white illustrations showing China just at the time of the Third Opium War, and Japan just at the time of the opening of the country to western culture. A highly entertaining combination of travel writing and diplomatic history.
In his capacity as private secretary to Lord Elgin, Oliphant was present at all the major events and published his account of the brazen gunboat diplomacy immediately after his return to Great-Britain. A major primary resource and a famous book by a British diplomat. The primary account of British incursion into China and the hostilities at Canton, special mission, arrival at Singapore & Johore, arrival at Hong Kong, trip up the Canton river.The condition of India, residence at Hong Kong, trip up the river Macao, voyage to Philippines. Lawless proceedings in the Canton river, bombardment, Peking, diplomacy, Amoy, arrival at Shanghai, Soo-chow.
Imperial grand canal, his residence at Shanghai, departure for Ningpo, joss-house. The Roman Catholic mission, British graveyard, John Bowrings visit to Peiho. Insolence of the mob at Keying.
Forcible entry to Tientsin and hostile crowds. Duplicity of Commissioners, arrival of the Emperors assent.First view of Japan, Deshima, Nagasaki, persecution of Christians, invasion of Corea, visit of American Consul. Shimoda, Japanese woman, British mission, art wares, ingenuity, life & culture. Return to Shanghai, opium, up the Yangtse, bombardment of forts, tea producing districts, landing at Nanking, rebel theology, the secret edict, Peking gazette decree, military promenades at Shanghai. Volume I - 4 coloured lithographs, 20 engravings on wood, Map of The Peiho River and Map of China (fold out, with some tears and rips but with no loss - a good restorer could fix this); xiv, 492 pages, quarter bound in maroon leather on marbled hardboards with five raised bands on the spine. Volume II - 15 coloured lithographs, 30 engravings on wood, Map of the Empire of Japan, Chart of the Harbour and Soundings of the Bay of Yedo; and Map of the Yang Tse-Kiang River.
Bound in the original blue blind embossed hardboards with gilt lettering on the spine. We wrap and post the parcels on Monday and Tuesday - therefore if you pay before midday on Tuesday we will get it in the postal sacks on Tuesday night, and if it is after that time then it will go into the postal service on the following Monday. The item "1859 THE EARL OF ELGINS MISSION TO CHINA AND JAPAN BY OLIPHANT 2 VOLS PEKING" is in sale since Saturday, April 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "antiquarianbooks-uk" and is located in Whitegate, Cheshire.
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