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Parley's Stories About the People of China
New York:: Mahlon Day,. 1836.. Very good condition. An early work on China with a special focus on tea, in the Peter Parley series for children, written by Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793 – 1860) who used the pseudonym Peter Parley. Peter Parley's series for children began in 1827, and embraced many topics, including biography, history, science, miscellaneous tales, and geography. By 1857 Parley claimed to have authored and edited approximately 170 volumes, from which he amassed a handsome fortune. He entered politics in Massachusetts and eventually became consul at Paris. & This work is illustrated with a Chinese mandarin at the front cover, seated on an ornate chair, wearing flowing robes and with long fingernails. Contents include 'The Fishing Cormorant', and general information on the way of life and commerce in China. The majority of the text concerns tea and tea cultivation (pp 14 - 32). The illustrations in the tea section include 'Monkeys Gathering Tea', 'Cultivating the Tea Plant', 'Gathering the Leaves of the Tea Plant', 'Drying the Tea', and 'Rolling the Tea'. With woodcut illustrations throughout the text Original blue decorative paper wraps, with title in black. Covers slt marked. 16mo, 32pp.
      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints]
Last Found On: 2013-07-23           Check availability:      Biblio    

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