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Many of our Biblio booksellers offer rare Asian history books. Asian history is a popular topic, and many of the antique Asian history books include unique and beautiful illustrations and maps. Any antiquarian books collection should embrace rare Asian history books. Search this page for many examples of rare and valuable books that specialize in Asian history.

Manchuria Committee of Japanese Red Cross: History Memorial Volume. 1938, Dalian.China by Manchuria Committee of Japanese Red Cross

694p, [38].23cm, Photo plates, tables etc. In Japanese. Good+, bind tight, a little wear. Very rare, NO Worldcat/OCLC record, printed: "Not-for-selling" on copyright page. Involving hospital, plagues, disaster etc. (WITH PICTURES)...

From Asia Medicine and Humanities Books


Narratio persecutionis adversus Christianos excitatae in variis Japoniae regnis ann M.DC.XXVIII, M.DC.XXIX, M.DC.XXX by Ferreira, Christovão

Antverpiae, Ioannem Mevrsivm, 1635 Book. Good. Soft cover. Latin text.; Paperback (in green morocco slipcase with gilt lettering).; 11.5 x 17.5 cm; 0.3 kg; 144 pages.; Hand written title on spine.; Used with signs of wear, namely signs of a previous bookp...

From Jorge Welsh Books


An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China. Including Cursory Observations made, and Information obtained, in travelling through that Ancient Empire, and a small part of Chinese Tartary. by STAUNTON. Sir GEORGE

Printed by W. Bulmer & Co. for G. Nicol. London. 1797. FIRST EDITION. Three volumes. - 2 quarto text volumes (12 x 9.4 inches), and a folio atlas of plates (16.6 x 12.3 inches). Text volumes in contemporary full brown calf boards with decorative gilt bo...

From Paul Foster Books


A translation of the Confucian [Yih king] or the "Classic of Change", with notes and appendix. by Reverend Canon [Thomas] McClatchie

First edition in English of the I-Ching, the ancient Chinese book of divination, sometimes attributed to Confucius but actually much earlier, possibly with origins in the second millennium and so the most ancient text of Chinese Civilization. OCLC lists b...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


Seiho Junishi Jo (An Album of the Twelve Zodiacal Signs by Seiho) by Seiho, Takeuchi

Kyoto: Geisodo Yamada Naosaburo, 1911. Seiho, Takeuchi. Small folio. Folding album consisting of twelve ink wash and color prints on thirteen sheets, each bearing Seiho's chop mark. One of the key figures of modern Japanese painting, Seiho (1864 - 1942) ...

From Bromer Booksellers



The Ameer Namah. A Persian Work Compiled by Moonshee Ameer Ali Khan Bahadoor, with an Abstract Translation in English. by Moonshee Ameer Ali Khan Bahadoor (Ameer alli Khan Bahadur)

Brown cloth with blindstamped decorations to covers and gilt particulars to spine, which has been professionally rebacked. Light foxing throughout. Inscribed to "[Judge Elphinstone] Jackson with the author's best compliments-" at rear of book. Jackson ...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


Histoire des Mongols depuis Tchinguiz-Khan jusqu'à Timour Bey ou Tamerlan. Four volume set. by C. d'Ohsson (Abraham Constantin Mouradgea d'Ohsson)

Half brown morocco; ruled raised bands, marbled boards. Mouradgea d'Ohsson was a Swedish historian and diplomat of Armenian descent. This important work is a large expansion of his 1824 publication which was the first serious study of Genghis Khan. K...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


Portfolio Chinensis: or a Collection of Authentic Chinese State Papers Illustrative of the History of the Present Position of Affairs in China. With a Translation, Notes and Introduction. by J. Lewis Shuck

Half morocco. Woodblock Chinese texts above English translation with exception of Appendix printed in July 1840 for which woodblocks could not be cut in time & where the Chinese characters were printed with the East India Company's movable Chinese type...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


Akisato Ritō's Miyako meisho zue (都 名所 圖會; An Illustrated Guide to the Capital) by RITO, Akizato

1786 KYOTO Travel Guide Scenic Picture Edo JAPAN Japanese Illustrated Woodblock An exceedingly rare, 18th century set of woodblock prints of scenic tourist areas in Edo during the mid to late Edo period bound in the "fukurotoji (variously translated as "b...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books


Confucius Sinarum philosophus, sive, Scientia Sinensis Latine exposita by Confucius

Folio, 22 x 36 cm; cxxiv, 108, 105-108, 21, 159, xx, 20, 8, [2], 23-106, [2] pages; recently rebound in full calf; very good condition. Full page portrait of Confucius, fold-out map of China. This is the first substantial printing of Confucius in the Wes...

From Archway Books


LIFE OF THE AMIR DOST MOHAMMED KHAN OF KABUL. With his Political Proceedings towards the English, Russian, and Persian Governments, including the Victory and Disasters of the British Army in Afghanistan by LAL. MOHAN

Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. London. 1846. FIRST EDITION. 2 VOLUMES. 8vo. (9.1 x 6 inches). 19 lithographic portraits, printed on India paper and mounted. Publisher's forest green fine combed cloth, title gilt to spines, blind panelling and centr...

From Paul Foster Books


AJANTA FRESCOES, being reproductions in colour and monochrome of frescoes in some of the caves at Ajanta after copies taken in the years 1909-1911 -- FIRST EDITION by Lady Herringham

London: Humphrey Milford (Oxford University Press), 1915. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. FIRST PRINTING of the RARE First Edition -- "limited to 600 copies, of which 350 on...



Nouveaux Memoires sur l'etat present de la Chine : contenant l'histoire de l'edit de l'empereur de la Chine, en faveur de la religion chrestienne by LeCOMTE, Louis

1698 ALEXANDER HAMILTON American Provenance CHINA Le Comte Rites Confucius 3v The history of China has always been one of the most popular discussions of western culture and was a regular occurring topic of authors from the 16th- 18th-centuries. One of th...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books


The punishments of China by MASON, George Henry

1801 1ed CHINA Punishments Torture Color Illustrated Chinese Travel Mason FOLIO George Henry Mason's 'Punishments of China' is a rare early 19th-century book illustrating the various forms of punishment and crime sentencing used throughout Chinese histor...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books


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