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《广州番鬼录·旧中国杂记》 The Fan Kwae At Canton. Before Treaty Days 1825-1844

 

不寻常而又详细的作品

 

亨特,威廉·C

《广州番鬼录·旧中国杂记》  一位老居民所作

伦敦:1882

 

八开本。原版黑布装帧,封三粘贴有Burn&Co.装帧公司的标签,书脊和封面有烫金书名,封面上有黄色图案,黑色环衬纸,毛边本。前有浩官(伍秉鉴)单色照相凹版正面肖像,根据广东画家林官(关乔昌 1801-1860)的油画制成,林官是一位专门从事西式肖像画的广东艺术家,画前有薄纸保护。另有一幅工厂平面图。书角有轻微碰撞痕,四边稍有磨损,前页和标题页稍有斑点(不影响肖像);书内夹有松散纸条,上有后人注释。此书许多内容涉及货币使用、外币和易货有关。书品甚佳。

 

这本生动、详细的自传体作品记述了晚清时期外国人(番鬼)在广州的社会、商业和贸易生活。这位美国作家是一位在该地区经验丰富的商业代理。此书重印多次,初版本在市场上非常罕见,拍卖市场只曾有一本出现。

 

威廉·查尔斯·亨特(1812-1891)是维吉尼亚人,13岁时到中国旅游,在马六甲的英华学院学习中文两年,然后加入美国最大的茶叶进口商托马斯·H·史密斯父子公司当学徒。后来,他同时为瓊記洋行和旗昌洋行工作,这两个公司是美国主要的鸦片商,并积累了可观的个人财富。作为一个自封的“广州早期纪事员”,亨特记录了在广州的外国居民的生活,以及他亲身体验的导致了第一次鸦片战争和占领香港的事件。

 

售价:1500英镑

 

Uncommon and detailed

HUNTER, William C.

The "Fan Kwae" At Canton. Before Treaty Days 1825-1844. By An Old Resident.

London: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1882

 

Octavo. Original black cloth with binder’s ticket of Burn & Co. to rear pastedown, titles in gilt to spine and front board, pictorial motifs in yellow to front board, black coated endpapers, untrimmed. Monochrome photogravure mounted portrait frontispiece, captioned “Houqua”, after a painting by Lam Qua (1801-1860), a Cantonese artist specialized in Western-style portraits, with tissue guard, one plan of the Factories. Corners gently bumped, extremities rubbed, spotting to frontispiece (not affecting portrait) and title; loosely inserted slip of paper with later notes, numerous page references largely relating to use of money, foreign currency and barter, a very good copy. 

 

First edition of this lively, detailed autobiographical account recounting the social and business life of the “fan kwae”, Foreign Devils, at Canton in the last days in the Old China Trade. The American author was an experienced agent with extensive experience in the region. Several times reprinted, this first is decidedly uncommon in commerce, just a single copy traced at auction.

 

William Charles Hunter (1812-1891) was a Virginian who travelled out to China at the age of just 13, spending two years studying Chinese at the Anglo-Chinese College at Malacca before joining Thomas H. Smith & Sons, America’s largest tea importer, as an apprentice. He subsequently worked for both Augustine Heard & Co., and Russell & Co., leading American opium dealers and accumulated a considerable personal fortune. “As a self -appointed ‘Chronicler of early Canton’, Hunter recorded events that took place among the foreign residents in Canton as well as what he had witnessed from the epicentre, events that had led to the First Opium War and the taking of Hong Kong. 

£1,500

 

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