Journeys in North China, Manchuria, and Eastern Mongolia, with some account …
Journeys in North China, Manchuria, and Eastern Mongolia, with some account …
Journeys in North China, Manchuria, and Eastern Mongolia, with some account …

WILLIAMSON, Rvd. Alexander. Journeys in North China, Manchuria, and Eastern Mongolia, with some account of Corea.

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WILLIAMSON, Rvd. Alexander. Journeys in North China, Manchuria, and Eastern Mongolia, with some account of Corea. London, Smith, Elder, and Co., 1870.

Two volumes. 8vo. Original green cloth, spines lettered in gilt, front boards ornamented and lettered in gilt, bevelled edges; top and outer edges uncut; pp. xx, 444; viii, 29-442; volume I with a frontispiece and 5 illustrated plates, volume II with a frontispiece and 2 plates, various wood-block engravings in the text, each with a folding map at the end, depicting China and Korea, and Manchuria respectively; very light marks, and light rubbing to extremities of spines; vol. I with renewed endpapers; vol. II with front hinge expertly repaired and bookplate removed; occasional light spotting; a very good set.
First edition. This text provides interesting details of the landscapes, cultures, histories, and economic politics of regions in China, Mongolia, and Korea. 'My object in undertaking the journeys narrated in these volumes, was the distribution of the Scriptures and books and tracts in the Chinese language throughout the interior of North China. Travelling over districts near and remote from the Ports, I met with much that was interesting in the character and aspect of the people, and not a little which was both new and important in reference to the products of the soil and the mineral resources of the different provinces' (Preface). 'Reverend Alexander Williamson was a Scottish missionary, appointed to China under the London Missionary Society. Ordained in Glasgow in 1855, he soon after travelled to Shanghai, working there and in Pringhu for two years. Due to failing health, he returned to England in 1858, and published works on a treatise on botany in Chinese. After some years spent in Scotland, he returned to China as the first agent of the National Bible Society of Scotland. He later became secretary of the society for the Diffusion of Christian and General Knowledge among the Chinese. His most notable work is this, Journeys in North China, in which he describes the home and region of Confucius' (ODNB).

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