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Rare pilot guide for the Chinese coast

[NAVIGATION - CHINA]. [MORRISON, John Robert].
A commercial guide. Sailing directions for the coast of China.
[Canton, Office of the Chinese Repository, 1844]. 4to. With two folding manuscript tables (in Danish) bound in at the end. Later half cloth, marbled sides, gold-tooled title on front board. 84 pp; 2 ll.
€ 2,250
Excerpt from the second edition of A Chinese commercial guide (Canton 1844), namely chapter 1. It includes sailing directions that were noted during a survey of the Chinese outer islands between Xiamen and Xiangshan in January-April 1843, by captains Kellet and Coolinson of the HMS Starling and Plover. This area is infamous for its many dangerous small islands and rocks and therefore a pilot guide was essential for British sailors to navigate these waters. The topographic names are given in English and in Chinese characters.
With library mark on the front pastedown and three stamps of the Marinens Bibliotek on the title-page. With several annotations in pencil. The last printed page is damaged by the additional folding manuscript page that is bound in at the end. Otherwise in good condition Cf. Cordier, Sinica, cols. 137-138.
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