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[FENG-SHUI] EITEL, Ernest J.
Feng-Shui: or, the Rudiments of Natural Science in China
Hong Kong: Lane, Crawford & Co, 1873. First Edition. Paperback. A foundational work for western readers, written by a German Protestant missionary, on the Chinese philosophy of Feng-Shui. Though by no means fully embracing its principles (Eitel has in fact been criticized for his somewhat dismissive attitute towards Chinese science and religion - not entirely surprising, given his mission), Eitel's appears to have been the earliest serious account of Feng-Shui for a western audience. The original owner, one Henry Liddell, is likely not the celebrated classicist, vice-chancellor of Oxford, and father of Alice (we find no evidence, at least, of this Liddell's having ever visited Shanghai). Another Henry Liddell, a medical doctor and missionary who published popular articles on Chinese culture for British and American magazines, appears the more likely candidate. A fragile publication, quite uncommon in commerce, this is a well-preserved copy notwithstanding the later cloth-tape reinforcement to spine. Octavo. Original printed paper wrappers with later red cloth spine reinforcement; 84pp; errata slip bound in at rear. Slight aging to wrappers, with repaired vertical tear and chipping to wrapper edges; text clean, tight and unmarked. Contemporary ownership signature of a Henry Liddell, Shanghai, at upper portion of front cover; later ownership signature in pencil of A. Van Vleck.
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