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Robert Thom (1807-46). Consul at Ningbo.
1846] The Chinese Speaker or Extracts from Works Written in the Mandarin Language, as spoken at Peking. Part 1. BOUND WITH Chinese and English Vocabulary, compiled chiefly with a view to facilitate intercourse in the Northern ports. Part First. Please see pictures for details.
Presbyterian Mission Press, Ningpo, 1846. Title page to the Vocabulary on cerise coloured paper, rather fragile and detached from the rest of the book. A couple of leaves in this book creased, though without any harm to the printing. Explanatory leaf, oversized and folded as issued with a tear, but seemingly all present at the fold, and dated Canton, 10th August 1843. Next leaf also folded as issued, and perfect. Title on yellow coloured paper, to an unpaginated section entirely in Chinese. Title to The Chinese Speaker foxed at margins, as is the Chinese title featuring an inscription from David Thom presenting the book to the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire in 1850. Foredges to this section all foxed, but the text is usually clean. Small tear to the final leaf, just catching a few Chinese characters, but with no loss. Bound in late nineteenth century half green leather with marbled boards. Gilt rules to the spine, lettered "Pamphlets", and mark of the HSLC near the foot of the spine. Some loss of leather surface to the rear board, head of spine a little chipped. Remains of an old paper label near the foot of the spine. The boards are firmly attached, with no joints cracked and inner hinges firm. Bookplate of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire on the inside front cover, and their ticket on the rear inside cover. Thom was an English - Chinese language translator and diplomat based in Canton. He worked for the trading house Jardine, Matheson & Co. and was seconded to the British armed forces during the First Opium War (1839 – 1842). Thom produced an 1 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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