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TI - PING TIEN - KWOH The History of the Ti - Ping Revolution, including a Narrative of the Author's Personal Adventures.
London, Day & Son Ltd, 1866.2 volumes, complete set, FIRST EDITION 1866, tall 8vos, approximately 265 x 170 mm, 10½ x 6¾ inches, 21 plates and maps, 19 lithographed plates of which 11 are tinted (1 folding) and 8 are coloured, 9 text illustrations, plus 2 folding partially coloured maps (as required by plate lists), pages: xvii, (3), 424; vii, (1), 425 - 842, (2), complete with all pages, plates and illustrations, original publisher's maroon pictorial cloth covers with blind stamped borders, gilt illustration in the centre of the upper covers, rebacked in morocco with blind rules, raised bands and gilt lettering, new endpapers. Covers lightly rubbed, corners very slightly worn, 90 mm (3½") closed tear to edge of title page in Volume I, just catching text but very neatly repaired without loss, title page in Volume II faintly browned, small piece missing from 1 lower margin corner, 1 colour plate shows offsetting from facing text, tiny blind library stamp in 1 upper margin. A very good clean tight set. The Taiping Rebellion was a widespread civil war in southern China from 1850 to 1864, led against the authorities by heterodox Christian convert Hong Xiuquan, who having received visions, maintained that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ. Lindley (1840 - 1873) had been an Honorary officer in Chung - Wang's guards, a special agent of the Ti - Ping General - in - Chief, and a commander of the "Loyal and Faithful Auxiliary Legion" (title page). He was a Royal Navy officer who, along with his wife Mary, joined the 1860 Taiping reform movement in China. He trained Taiping soldiers using modern techniques. This work is not listed in Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica or Lowendahl. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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