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Chinese Repository, Vol VI May 1837, to April 1838
Canton: For the Proprietors, 1838. viii, 608 pp. This periodical was published in Canton by Protestant missionaries, notably Elijah Coleman Bridgeman, between 1832 and 1851. These early volumes are of particular interest because they document the increasingly troubled years leading up to the First Opium War in 1839. In fact, this volume includes several letters and articles on the opium trade, including an early publication, if not the first in English, of the Chinese Edicts Against the Opium Trade that very quickly led to the war. Also, statistics of American trade, Chinese vocabularies, missionary work, social conditions, politics, the British presence, current events, the Chinese written language, and frequent reports from Rev. Peter Parker's ophthalmic hospital in Canton. This copy lacks pp. 97-105 (an article on the Dyaks of Borneo and the mission there, according to the Index). It is otherwise complete and in very good condition, bound in original cloth with worn spine label.
Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co. [United States]
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