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Giles (H. A.) Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, translated and
annotated, 2 vols. sm. 8vo. cloth gilt, 158
Gems of Chinese Literature, fcap. 8vo. xvi and 254 pp. extra cloth,
This work contains over a hundred extracts from some sixty of the most famous Chinese authors of all ages, thus forming an introduction to the general literature of China.-Academy, November 3rd, 1883.
GILES (H. A.) Record of the Buddhistic Kingdoms, translated from the Chinese, 8vo. x and 129 pp. sd. 3s 6d Shanghai, s. a.
This work is a narrative of one of the most extraordinary journeys ever undertaken and brought to a successful issue in A.D. 405-17. A Buddhist priest named Fa Hsien, travels from China through India to Ceylon, on to Sumatra and back to China by sea, his object being to obtain copies of the Sacred Books of Buddhism for the further enlightenment of his fellow countrymen.
GILES, Chinese Sketches, 8vo. (pub. at 7s 6d), cloth, 3s 6d
These "Sketches" give the reader an admirable insight into Chinese life and customs. GILES, A Dictionary of Colloquial Idioms in the Mandarin Dialect, 4to. bd. Shanghai, 1873
Giles's Biographical Dictionary
of Eminent Chinamen
from the earliest records of Chinese History to the present time. To be issued in two parts forming one stout volume, royal 8vo. Chinese names in Chinese characters, with the English pronunciation, subscription price, £2. 28, payable on delivery of the first half
Part I, 496 pp., is now ready and can be delivered at once to subscribers.
As soon as the book is completed the price will be raised to £3. 3s.
"Mr. Herbert A. Giles, late H.M. Consul at Ningpo, has finished A Chinese Biographical Dictionary.' It will contain about 2500 lives of the most eminent Chinese statesmen, warriors, philosophers, poets, painters, travellers, priests, rebels, beauties, etc., from the earliest ages down to the present day. Biographical notices of the emperors will also be included.”—The Athenæum, February 6th, 1897.
"The compilation of a Chinese biographical dictionary on a scale of sufficient comprehensiveness must be regarded as an enterprise of great practical importance, forChina is being' opened' in spite of itself, and is evidently destined to become increasingly a sphere of interest alike as regards politics, commerce, and literature. Such an enterprise has been taken in hand and is now carried a long way towards completion by the sinologist who is probably the most competent of all for the task, Mr. Herbert A. Giles, LL.D., late Her Britannic Majesty's Consul at Ningpo, and for the last few years a citizen of Aberdeen. The first instalment of Dr. Giles's biographical dictionary has been issued by Mr. Bernard Quaritch, of London, in a large octavo fascicule' of about five hundred pages. It is arranged alphabetically according to the English alphabet, though also giving the Chinese characters for the several names, and in this instalment 1288 names are disposed of, the last of the series being Liu Chip-yuan, who
died in A.D. 948, and who is described as a poor orphan of a tribe of Turkic Tartars who distinguished himself as a soldier under the later T'ang and Chin dynasties, who was Governor of Ho-tung (modern Shansi) when the Kitans took Pien-Chou; and, collecting an army, he harassed their rear, forced them to retreat, and was raised by his soldiers to the vacant throne. Fertile as China has been in great men, such is the barbarism of the world that few of them can be said to have a world-wide reputation. Such a reputation, however, is enjoyed by Li Hung-chang for one, and Dr. Giles devotes to him a compact biography of about four pages, in which his career is vividly traced down to the end of his triumphal progress through Europe and America last year. Since his return to Peking,' we read, 'he seems to have occupied the position rather of an extinct volcano. By some he has been regarded as a friend to foreigners and to national progress on liberal lines. It is more than probable, however, that his desire for such progress has simply veiled a national wish to see his own countrymen paramount and the barbarian once more at their feet.' Of Prince Kung there is a corresponding but briefer notice, and, of still more celebrated personages, there are excellent summaries of the lives of K'ung Ch'iu (more recognisable to barbarians under the appellation of Confucius) and Lao Tzu. The dictionary is a model of compact and perspicuous statement, and it will be invaluable to the many Englishmen and Scotchmen whose careers are in the Far East."-The Aberdeen Daily Free Press, July 31st, 1897.
Hwen Thsang. Histoire de la Vie de Hiouen Thsang, et de ses Voyages dans l'Inde, depuis l'an 629 jusqu'en 645, par Hoei-Li et YenThsong, suivie de documents et d'éclaircissements géographiques; traduite du Chinois par Stanislas Julien. 8vo., uncut; or, neatly bound, 16s 1853
Giles' Glossary of Reference on Subjects connected with the FAR EAST, by Herbert A. Giles, H.B.M. Vice-Consul, Shanghai, a revised and enlarged edition of a work which the same author published in 1878, 8vo. bds. 78 6d
"No man can feel at ease in a society until he has caught up its shibboleth, and although Anglo-Chinese society jargon cannot for a moment compare with the Pidgin English used in India, yet there are many expressions wholly unintelligible to a new arrival, and which the compilation presented to the public by Mr. H. A. Giles is intended to elucidate. But at the same time, the Glossary of Reference' contains a large amount of information relating to Chinese customs and numerous historical details, which render the perusal of Mr. Giles's work as interesting as it is instructive."-Morning Post, May 27th, 1886.
Gouvea. Innocentia Victrix sive Sententia Comitiorum
Imperii Sinici pro Innocentia Christianæ Religionis lata Juridicè per
Printed in Canton.
CHINA and the ROMAN ORIENT: Researches into their ancient and Mediæval Relations, as represented in old Chinese Records. 8vo., xvi and 330 pp., with map; sd., 158
NOTES on the Chinese Documentary Style. 8vo. viii and 152 pp., 38 6d
ANCIENT PORCELAIN: a study in Chinese Medieval Industry and Trade. 8vo. 80 pp., 38 6d
Dr. Hirth is one of the most accomplished Sinologues now living: his new work on Ancient Chinese Porcelain is indispensable to Collectors.
Hoei Lan Ki; ou l'Histoire du Cercle de Craie. Drame en prose
et en vers, traduit du Chinois, et accompagné de notes, etc. par Stanislas JULIEN. 8vo. bds. 5s
Livre (Le) des Recompenses et des Peines,
en Chinois et en Français; accompagné de quatre cents légendes, anecdotes et histoires par Stanislas Julien. 8vo. cloth, 10s
Mémoires concernant l'Histoire, les Sciences, les Arts, les Mœurs, les Usages, etc. des Chinois par les Missionaires de Pekin, 15 vols. 4to. with plates; calf gilt, £3. 38 Paris, 1776-91
Two more vols. were published about twenty years later; these are frequently wanting.
a Monthly Magazine for India, Burma, Siam, China, Japan, and Eastern Asia. Edited by the Rev. JAMES SUMMERS. 36 numbers, forming 3 vols. (all published) in 1 vol. 4to. hf. morocco, 78 6d 1870-73
Yule (Col. Henry). Cathay and the way thither; being a
collection of medieval notices of China. 2 vols. 8vo. with maps; calf neat, scarce, £5.
Presentation copy from the Author to Sir Roderick Impey Murchison.
The Book of SER MARCO POLO, the Venitian, concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, edited by Col. Henry Yule. 2 vols. 8vo. second edition, maps and plates, cloth, £8. 8s
or a Presentation Copy to Sir George Scharf. With letters addressed
to him by the Author, £8. 18s 6d
The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern
and Southern ASIA, Commercial, Industrial, and Scientific, by SurgeonGeneral EDWARD BALFOUR, third edition, 3 vols. 8vo. cloth, £5. 58, reduced to £1. 8s
Journal of the National Indian Association, London, August, 1885.-"Three goodly-sized handsome volumes, having an aggregate of 3610 double-columned pages, 35,000 articles, and 16,000 index headings.
There is scarcely a subject relating to India and Eastern and Southern Asia which has escaped more or less extended notice. There is no other work in the English language in which is brought together an equal amount of information on everything connected with India, her people, arts, manufactures, and products. To the merchant and agriculturist, to the man of science, whether botanist, zoologist, geologist, or meteorologist, no less than to the Oriental scholar, the historian, and literary student, it cannot fail to prove of the highest service as a work of reference. It is well deserving of a place in the library of every one interested in, or connected with India."
The Daily Telegraph, London, August 22nd, 1885.-"India is a country whose immense extent, infinite variety of life, and gigantic industries might well daunt the most determined writer; yet Surgeon-General Edward Balfour has successfully summarized India, and accomplished in The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia' a work of extraordinary research and comprehensiveness. The difficulties of the task may be understood when it is pointed out that we have here some 35,000 distinct articles, and 16,000 index headings; a population of 704,401,171 souls dwelling upon an area of 11,722,708 square miles coming under review, with all their endless handicrafts, religions, varieties of speech, history, and records. Rarely has such a mine of statistical, commercial, or ethnological wealth, been brought together in so small a space; it is, in fact, a whole library of Indian thought and research."
The Athenæum, London, November 24th, 1885. By right of family association and by long and varied personal experience, SurgeonGeneral Balfour may be classed among the elders of the Anglo-Indian community, and his three volumes are the stored harvest of a long, laborious and honourable life spent in the study of India and her peoples, for the purpose of making our knowledge of the subject more accessible and complete. Although
"Balfour's Cyclopædia of India" has long been a household book in official India, the present edition is the first published in England. . . . It had established its position as a complete and trustworthy book of reference before it appeared in its new form, and its comprehensiveness and richness of detail will make it absolutely indispensable to all public men who aspire to treat Indian questions.
It would be difficult to imagine anything more perfect than his descriptions of the economic flora and fauna of the peninsula, and, indeed, of the whole of Southern Asia. As an Indian Gazetteer the Cyclopædia will answer practical purposes. . . . As a record of the moral and material conditions of the people, it may be termed exhaustive. . . . These volumes con
stitute a vast magazine of knowledge about
The Times, London, Monday, December 28th, 1885. "The Cyclopædia of India.' This work is a monument of individual labour, and reflects the highest credit on Dr. Balfour, who has undertaken and successfully accomplished a task which, but for his success, would have been held impossible of performance by any single individual. Dr. Balfour has produced these three immense volumes, containing 35,000 articles, without any assistance, and
has placed such a vast amount of information on Asiatic matters at the elbow of every Englishman who possesses a library. In its present revised and more convenient shape it will be pronounced . . . by far the best and most exhaustive dictionary of economic botany and general products relating to Southern Asia in the English language. Dr. Balfour treats in an elaborate manner every subject of importance in the animal, mineral, and botanical kingdoms, and we cannot imagine anything more complete or informing than these articles. . . . Dr. Balfour also gives a biographical account of some Anglo-Indians, both living and dead. There is nothing but praise to be said of these volumes, which must be of the greatest assistance to all public men and writers who attempt to discuss or describe Indian questions. Dr. Balfour writes with a wide experience of India, going back for half a century, and... he has left the next generation a legacy which will immensely simplify their study of Indian matters, and which will, consequently, insure for him a permanent feeling of gratitude. . . . These volumes . claim to give a summary of our knowledge, not merely of India, it must be remembered, but of China, Japan, Burmah, Siam, Persia, Afghanistan, and the rest of Southern and Eastern Asia. . . . India is a country of arts not less than of agriculture, and accordingly very full accounts are to be found of what these arts are. In the first volume alone there are most interesting descriptions of some of the chief natural products of India. . The whole period of Indian history in our time and before us is fully treated in a succession of articles. . . . The subject of Canals enables Dr. Balfour to give a description of the great works with which the names of Sir P. Cautley and other great engineers will be permanently identified, while cyclones, droughts and famines, . . . birds, fishes, and reptiles are each treated at great length. . . Dr. Balfour gives a full account of AngloIndian army, and also of the forces of the Native States. . . . The article on Horses is particularly well done, and as it fills thirteen closely printed pages, it may be assumed to be fairly exhaustive of the subject. . . . Tea forms the theme of another capital article, which covers the whole area of production in China, Japan, and India. We have now quoted
a sufficient number of extracts to show the
The Cyclopædia of India-continued.
varied contents of these volumes, and the completeness with which Dr. Balfour has produced a Cyclopædia of India and Southern Asia. . . . The great merit of his work is that it places in comparatively small compass the information which those who are engaged in discussing Eastern questions are most likely to require, and which, for want of some handy and fairly complete book of reference, it is much to be feared too many public men have hitherto been content to do without."
The Scotsman, Edinburgh, Saturday, January 2nd, 1886.-" This is the third edition of what is probably the most laborious and comprehensive work on India which any single writer has produced. . . . Dr. Balfour has achieved his stupendous task alone, and it is a monument of his patience, labour, and learning. . . . There is no other book of the kind on India in any European language, and it forms a vast repository of information about that country and other Asiatic lands, which, but for it, would have to be searched for through hundreds of volumes. . As a dictionary of the products of India, the book is of immense economic value. Its scientific articles, on such subjects as botany, ornithology, ichthyology, etc., appear to be as much distinguished by the accuracy of their statements, as by an exhaustiveness which leaves nothing to be desired. In short, this is a great and useful work, and we congratulate Dr. Balfour in having been able to bring out this new and revised edition."
The British Trade Journal, London, January 1st, 1886. Although primarily dealing with India, its scope embraces a much wider area, extending from the Caucasus and Trans-Caspian regions on the west, to Japan and the islands of the Spanish and Dutch Indies in the far East. . . . As a book of reference the work will be valuable, especially to those who have business relations with our great dependency."
The Asiatic Quarterly Review, London, January 1st, 1886.-" A question which many ask, Where can accurate information be obtained about India? "The Cyclopædia of India' supplies it, not only for India, but for the greater part of Southern Asia. Open the volumes where one may, the eye will scarcely fail to light upon something that will attract notice, and deserve the most careful attention that can be bestowed upon it."
The Lancet, London, Saturday, January 23rd, 1886." In this Cyclopædia of the East, the consulter of its pages, whether he be statesman, savant, civilian, soldier, or merchant, will find a succinct and wonderful store of information to answer his purpose and to fit him to draw well-based conclusions. Whether
the author is dealing with general statistics and details of history and geography, or with
philosophy, religion, science, or the industrial arts, the information is good, and care has been taken to keep pace with the latest authorities. . . . We have not space to write as fully as we should like about these three volumes, but they make an addition to our standard works which can hardly be too highly valued, both because of their intrinsic merit and because they stand alone, so far as we are aware, making a storehouse full of important information, possessed by but few people. The purpose of the work and its character alike indicate its place to be on the shelves of every public collection of books. So also should it be in the library, whether large or small, of every one who wishes to possess a sound, general, and particular account of India and the East."
The Madras Mail, Madras, January 28th, 1886. "The third edition now lies before us. Whatever may be its defects, this production of many years spent in incessant study of things Oriental, must be regarded as one of the most important contributions ever made to the scientific survey and record of the vast multitude of objects that demand the attention of all who take an intelligent interest in India. . . . It is not in a carping spirit that we wish to consider so great an achievement. We would ask, who is there who has accomplished so much; who is there who is likely to produce any literary work of such magnitude and at the same time of so great a value? . . . He has condensed and enriched his third edition to such an extent, that it is infinitely superior to the former editions, . . . and the work throughout gives indications of the most patient and thorough-going research. In his prefatory notice to the third edition, he says:-The first edition of this Cyclopædia was published in 1858 in India, the second also in India, in 1873, and the years 1877 to 1884 inclusive have been occupied in revising it for publication in England. During this process, every likely source of further information has been examined, and many references made. I am under obligations to many learned men, to the Secretariat officers of the Indian Governments, and to the Record and Library officers of the India Office, Colonial Office, and British Museum, for their ready response to my applications for aid.'. . . He who becomes possessed of the Cyclopædia can rarely, while he lives in India, require any other book of reference for Indian topics, unless it be Dr. Hunter's great Gazetteer.
We can heartily recommend Dr. Balfour's work. It is probably destined to live through many editions, and will doubtless be hereafter greatly improved. May the learned author live many years, in full possession of his vigour and faculties, to accomplish the task of republication."
Costume, Cyclopædia of:
of: or a DICTIONARY of DRESS, Regal, Ecclesiastical, Civil, and Military, from the Earliest Period in England to the Reign of George III; including Notices of Contemporaneous Fashions on the Continent, and a general History of the Costumes of the principal Countries of Europe, by J. R. PLANCHE, Somerset Herald; profusely illustrated with coloured and plain plates, and fine wood engravings, 2 vols. 4to. new half morocco (pub. £7. 78), absolutely perfect, £4. 4s 1876-9
MARITI (Giovanni) Travels in the Island of Cyprus, translated from the Italian by C. D. COBHAM, Commissioner of Larnaca, 8vo. hf. bd. morocco, gilt top, 78 6d
Cobham's Excerpta Cypria, translated and transcribed
by CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM, price 21s
Nicosia, Cyprus, 1896
Only sufficient copies of "Excerpta Cypria" have been printed to cover the cost of printing.
Cyprus Monuments: CHAMBERLAYNE, Lacrimæ Nicos
sienses, Inscriptions funéraires dans l'Isle de Chypre, suivi d'un Armorial Chypriote, tome I, impl. 4to. 290 illustrations of Monumental Brasses and Stones, sd. 21s
Important for historians and heraldic Inscriptions in Cyprus, which is fully illustrated by plates.
students. It is the first work on Mediæval
Duff's Early English Printing,
similes, edited by E. GORDON DUFF, royal folio, £1. 5s
In September will be ready this portfolio of facsimiles illustrating the history of Printing in Eugland in the Fifteenth Century.
Such a series of facsimiles has been edited for the Low Countries by M. Holtrop, and for France by M. Thierry-Poux, and the chief issues of the presses of Germany and Italy are now being illustrated in a work in course of publication by Dr. Konrad Burger. In England no attempt has yet been made to do justice to the work of any printer except Caxton, and the productions of the presses at Oxford and St. Albans, and the early books printed by Lettou and Machlinia, by Wynkyn de Worde, Pynson, and Julian Notary, have been almost wholly neglected. Thus, quite one-half of Mr. Duff's book will cover ground which may almost be described as new, and even for the more familiar books of Caxton, the superiority of the collotype process in use at the Clarendon Press over the older
a Portfolio of Fac
methods of reproduction will make this series of facsimiles indispensable to every student of English printing in the fifteenth century. The portfolio will contain about forty plates, giving in all over sixty facsimiles the exact size of the originals, and in every case consisting of an entire page. In these sixty facsimiles a specimen will be shown of every type used in England before 1500 which has yet been discovered, and reproductions will also be given of all the printers' devices.
An introduction of about forty pages (large folio) will be prefixed, containing an account of the various types and tracing, as far as possible, their origin, and the period during which they were used. There will also be short notices of the printers, giving the facts necessary for understanding the development of their work.
Three hundred copies will be printed for sale. The price of the portfolio to subscribers before publication will be 25s.
Makamat; or, Rhetorical Anecdotes of Abu'l
Kasem al Hariri, of Basra, translated into English Verse and Prose; and illustrated with Annotations, by the Rev. T. PRESTON, 8vo. cloth, 16s