china opened - and high.
SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF THE OPIUM TRADE. Indo-British Opium Trade with China [cover title]. Glasgow, Charles Glass & Co., 1883.
Small 8vo. Original pink printed wrappers with map of China on front cover, statsitics of the opium trade on lower cover; pp. 8; new backstrip around 'spine'; covers spotted; one spot on last page.
An apparently unrecorded and very important document on the size of the British controlled opium trade, the figures of which never appeared in official publications. The cost of the de facto British opium trade is calculated as well. Almost three opium wars and the necessity to keep many navy ships in Chinese waters. However, 'China imports annually about £12,000,000 of our Opium' (p. 5). This figure is staggering. 'The history of the opium trade will show that our country is very far from being guiltless in that matter' (p. 2). The lobby group had been set up by Quaker businessmen in 1874. A Royal Commission of the 1890s reached a conclusion totally in favour of the opium trade.