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The Chinese and their Rebellions,
London, Smith, Elder & Co., , 1856. viewed in Connection with their National Philosophy, Ethics, Legislation, and Administration, to which is added, An Essay on Civilization and its Present State in the East and West. Octavo. Folding map frontispiece coloured in outline and 2 other similar maps. Some mild foxing, otherwise an exceptionally nice copy in the original mauve taupe embossed cloth, title gilt to spine, corners a little soft and bumped, spine sunned and slightly crumpled head and tail. First Edition. Having studied Chinese at the University of Munich, Meadows was employed as Interpreter at the Canton Consulate on the day that the Treaty of Nanking was ratified, "My Chinese experience commenced, therefore, with the inauguration of a new era in Anglo-Chinese intercourse." Meadow's closely observant residence in the centre of events over the following thirteen years, combined with his use of a wide range of Chinese sources make his "one of the most interesting interpretations of Chinese society and civilization offered by Western writers of the nineteenth century." [Kung-Chuan Hsiao, review of the 1955 reprint in Pacific Affairs.] Much on the Taipings.
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