Notes on Chinese Matters. By Robert Hart, Inspector General of Imperial Maritime Customs, with Comments by J. Ross Browne, Late United States Minister at Peking. Issued as a Supplement to Shanghai Recorder.

Publisher: Shanghai: Shanghai Recorder, 1869.
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: OCLC records one copy of this supplement at the University of London, but certainly there are other copies included in runs of the Shanghai Recorder.
Condition: Edges of the leaves repaired with archival paper; in very good condition.
Book ID: 27830


Folio, later green cloth with gilt lettering on the upper board, 8 pages.


Two perspectives on contemporary events in China vis-à-vis treaties agreed to following the Opium Wars and the opening of Chinese ports to foreign trade. Robert Hart, a diplomatic representative from England, espouses moderation in pressuring the Chinese into "progress," and J. Ross Browne answers accusing the Chinese of "chicanery, intrigue and deception" and being incapable of change, among other things. Browne's brief service as the American Minister at Peking is a little known chapter of his interesting career as a travel writer and journalist and chronicler in California. His contribution to the Shanghai Recorder, a missionary newspaper founded in 1867, is almost certainly his rarest of publications - indeed, pretty much unrecorded.

Price: $500.00

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