LJUNGSTEDT, ANDERS: An Historical Sketch of the Portugese Settlements in China; and of the Roman Catholic Church and Mission in China ... A Supplementary Chapter, Description of the City of Canton. Boston, Munroe & Co., 1836.
Pp. xvi, 196 + pp.199-323, one blank + xviii. Some staining. With one folding engraved plate, three folding lithographed maps and two lithographed plates. Contemporary blue silk covered boards, lightly worn.
First edition as such. It's a revised and enlarged edition of Ljungstedt's "Contribution" and its continuation "Portuguese in China” (1832 and 1834) together with Coleman Bridgman's "Description of the city of Canton” (1834).
Anders Ljungstedt, a Swedish merchant and historian who in 1797 was employed by the Swedish East India Company. The following year he moved to Guangzhou (Canton) which then was the centre of Chinese trade for the outside world.
He was a successful businessman and made a great fortune. Later he moved to Macao and in 1820 he was appointed the first Swedish consul general for trade in China. He wrote this comprehensive historical work based on many old documents from the Macao Archives, other official works and with the help of a Portuguese priest named Dom Joaquim de Sousa Saraiva. Includes interesting information about the foreign trade, the customs and duties, etc.
Cordier BS 2310-11. Löwendahl 914. Lust 121.
Price: Euro 3800