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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
1 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
Hardcover. Silk pastedown. Good 
N.d., 19th century. Oblong, 13 by 16.5 cm. Wonderful luminous coloring, with small people, waterfowl and waves represented as well as a wide variety of Chinese boats, from junks and houseboats to impressive galleons. The pith paper has the typical scattered tears, chips and losses. Edge wear, slight tattering and soiling of the silk. Still all the pictorial representations are intact, bright and visually exciting. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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2 Album of Chinese Paper Cut-outs
Silk pasted onto boards, bound together with strin Fine 
N.d., circa early to mid-twentieth century. 20 pp., with a paper cut-out on every page. On the recto is a cut-out with color fabric intricately cut to fill in the gaps and enliven the images of people. On the verso is the more classic silhouette or shadow image cut-out of buildings, trees, small human figures and animals. The images are diminuitive in size, only filling a small corner of the oblong pages, which measure 10.5 by 7 inches, or 27 by 18 cm, other than the first page in which two birds flank a pretty abstract centerpiece. The art, of course, is in part the miniaturization, which requires lapidary skill, and we revel in the beauty and cogency of the imagery reduced to so small a scale. The album also is really more than the sum of its parts and exercises a cumulative effect on its admirer. Clean throughout. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Album of Eight Pith Paintings
3 Album of Eight Pith Paintings
China Decorative Fabric on Boards, with ribbon ties Very Good 
N.d., 19th century. 17 by 14 cm. Simple renderings of dignified men and women, all but one a single portrait per page. The portraits are not unified by a theme such as trades or the like. The most exciting image is of a man holding a kite string, with a kite in the shape of an insect. Another shows a man holding a branch in what we believe was a religious rite. There is one image of a man and women who are playing a board game.The cover is chewed along the edges, and the binding is rather loose. Typical chips and tears to the rice paper. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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4 Album of Red Chinese Paper Cut-outs
Silk pasted onto boards, bound together with strin Fine 
N.d., circa early twentieth century. 20 pp., with classic red paper cut-out on every page, almost all very intricate and capturing a picturesque aspect of Chinese life or imagery. The imagery never occupies more than half of the page, which measures 10 by 6.5 inches, 26 by 16 cm, but it is in the miniaturization that lies much of the art, and we can but marvel at the lapidary skill of the craftsman or artist responsible for the silhouettes created. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Box of Seven Chinese Watercolor Cards on Pith Paper Depicting Kites and Children Playing
5 Box of Seven Chinese Watercolor Cards on Pith Paper Depicting Kites and Children Playing
China Decorative Fabric on Boards, with ribbon ties Very Good 
N.d., 19th century. 11 by 7 cm. Typical chips and tears to the rice paper. Box with glass lid. Fabric siding heavily soiled. Box still very functionable. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Chinese Erotic Leporello or Pillow Book
6 Chinese Erotic Leporello or Pillow Book
China Leporello Very Good 
N.d., 19th century. Closed, 18.5 by 10.5 cm, and 5 cm thick. 18 panels (13 with the pictorial), and so when wide open, stretching to almost 190 cm, depicting lovers in pari delicti. The ladies have bound feet, and they pleasure one another in one three way scene. Adrongyny abounds, as often the case in these leporellos, and a Peeping Tom (here, a woman) and a feline onlooker add a touch of humor to the proceedings. The leporello illustration is continuous and fluid and so can be viewed as itself representing a sort of orgy. All color printed on silk fabric which is pasted onto the heavy boards of the thick leporello. Moderate wear to the boards. Narrow, sliver dampstain affecting a few leaves. Some scattered fading and wear to the silk. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Chinese Miao Album of Original Watercolors
7 Chinese Miao Album of Original Watercolors
Paper. Good 
19.5 by 14 cm. 12 leaves, including cover, with 20 original paintings (or 20 pages with paintings, as in a few instances, the two facing pages might be interpreted as a single painting). Most of the images are of provincial sorts, and the artist is at times mocking their simplicity and blockheadedness. The style, called Miao, arose in the 18th century and gained popularity among nobles and gentry. One can see in most of the images that the characters have broad features that are not associated with Han Chinese, and the figures are often underdressed, perhaps to suggest an uncouthness. The paintings here have a crudity about them, but also, great zest and color. Chinese calligraphy on the cover and the first page. Otherwise, no text. Dog-earing to the corners. General wear. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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8 Leporello of Ten Photos Depicting the Chinese Royal Family and the Dowager Empress Cixi
Leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Closed, 15.5 by 11.5, and ten panels, so when fully stretched, about 110 cm. The photos are all dark or darkened, and are photos of photos. The leporello was the type created and sold to tourists as a souvenir. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Oriental Book of Dreams & Horoscopes. The True Secret to Your Success
Wraps Near Fine 
Fun Chinese numerology, horoscope and self-help/motivational guide, not to mention strange advertising vehicle. N.d., circa 1920s. Oblong, 5.3 by 9.5 cm. 20 pp., including wraps. Ads for such things as crystal swan electric lamp from the Oriental Importing Company, special indented electric globe for liquid incense and the exotic fragrance of Princess Ming. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Picture Story of Mu Lan
10 Picture Story of Mu Lan
Silk pasted onto boards Near Fine 
N.d, circa early 20th Century. With ten hand-colored illustrations on silk, each painted directly onto the material. The leporello or concertina tells the story of a Chinese Joan of Arc figure, except this woman does not suffer a tragic end to her heroic, martial achievements and is able to revert to the life of a virtuous woman. This is a truly a feast to the eyes, with the bright colors of each plate producing a shimmering effect. The simple story, undoubtedly a pared down version of a lengthier legend, is recounted on the facing pages in both Chinese and English. The leporello measures 8 by 5.5 inches, 20.5 by 14 cm, when closed. Other than edgewear to the silk fabric pasted onto the boards and perhaps a touch of sunning to the silk along the edges, a pristine copy. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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11 Ten Chinese Gouache Paintings on Pith Paper of Ceremonial, Pedagogical and Domestic Scenes
Very Good 
Especially bright pith or rice paper paintings. N.d., circa early to mid-19th century. Oblong, 23 by 33 cm. The paintings are 19 by 28 cm within the blue paper framing. The paintings include one showing religious observance before a shrine, an audience in a nobleman's receiving chamber, a servant bathing a bay while another serves a cup of tea, students studying, a woman breast feeding, an elderly man being carried in a chaise, etc. All the artwork is both simple yet highly detailed and nuanced, and the album is of extraordinary beauty, with the colors rich, deep and luminous. With the usual minor losses to the rice paper. Front board has a crack. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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Ten Colorful Intricate Cray Paper Cut-outs of Chinese Masks and Masked Performers
12 Ten Colorful Intricate Cray Paper Cut-outs of Chinese Masks and Masked Performers
Envelope Fine 
No date (that we can discern). From the mid-20th century. The ten cut-outs are highly colorful and visually exciting. Given the thinness and overall nature of the paper they are made of, they are also delicate and fragile, although ours are in mint condition, protected as they are by folded paper. The ten pieces and their protective paper come in an envelope made of thin card stock. Besides a slip with what must be a short exegesis, Chinese characters are written on this windowed envelope as well as the paper guards. The collection was probably sold as a souvenir, probably in conjunction with a theatrical performance, and the cut outs might have then often been pasted onto other objects. The envelope measures 15.5 by 11.5 cm, and the cut outs are generally around 11 cm tall. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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13 Cushman, Clara M. Famous Filials, or Renowned Boys of China Translated from the Chinese
Boston Published for the Translator 1886 Brochure. Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 16 by 13 cm. Unpaginated, 32 pp. plus wraps. Generally text on one page, illustration on facing page. Exploring various aspects of filial relations in China, using anecdotes or short tales or legends to do so. With ads for a medicine and for Estey Organ Co. Small chip on front cover. Penciled inscription on top of cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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14 John King Fairbanks China. A New History
Cambridge, MA Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1992 0674116704 / 9780674116702 First Edition Fine Near Fine Jacket 

Price: 15.00 USD
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15 Samuel Holmes. Viaggio di Samuele Holmes alla China e in Tartaria Esiguito negli Anni 1792 e 1793 [nella serie intitotita "Raccolta di Viaggi Dopo Quelli di Cook" esequita tanto per mare quanto per terra, e non pubblicati fin ora in lingua italiana]
Milano Tipografia Sonzogno e Comp. 1817 First Edition thus Wraps Very Good 
12mo. (18 by 11 cm.) 276 pp. plus five hand-colored plates. This is the first Italian version of Holmes travels to China and it is actually based on the French translation made by Le Vaillant! The plates are quite interesting and lovely, including one of a barge, one of a pagoda, and another of the audience hall of the Imperial Palace. The leaves have a nice rag content and are thus quite clean, even uncommonly so, compared to most Italian publications of the early nineteenth century. The work is complete as of itself; it is a part of a larger series of travel journals translated into Italian at the time. In this series, this book constitutes Tomo XLIV. This copy has the original wraps. These have creases and soiling. Still, they can be regarded as well-preserved and of interest from the perspective of publishing practices of the era. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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16 Schiffer, Herbert, Peter and Nancy Chinese Export Porcelain
Atglen, PA Schiffer 1975 0-916838-01-3 / 9780916838010 Cloth Like New Like New Jacket 

Price: 15.00 USD
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17 Self-Help Club of the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Schools Chinese Leporello Style Notebook, Mostly Blank, with Matching Outer Slipcase
Iaiku, Shansi, China Leporello. Outer slipcase Near Fine 
An unusual, and handsome, crafts project creation. N.d., circa 1930s. 17 by 10.5 cm, with 42 pp, all blank except for two pastedowns, one on FEP, stating where and by whom made, and one with a few Chinese characters for the motto of the school and a key to their sound and meaning. With a double tasseled flourish, possibly meant as a bookmark, which is attached to the book via a fabric cord. The outer case has two Chinese characters sewn in. The first fold (on the endpaper) has a closed tear by the hinge. Otherwise, unused condition, with minor age toning to the leaves. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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18 Sterling Seagrave The Soong Dynasty
New York Harper & Row 1985 0060153083 / 9780060153083 First edition Fine very good Jacket 

Price: 15.00 USD
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Chinese Whimsy, Street, Aileen
19 Street, Aileen Chinese Whimsy
1935 Limp Vellum (folded over) Fine 
4to. 25 by 16 cm. Unpaginated, 21 leaves, or 21 pp. with content. (11 pages with original watercolors, and the balance of pages with calligraphy employed in original verse.) The illustrations are very striking, especially the several of masks. Also striking is a colorful, flamboyantly winged chicken and a pig-faced man. The images are set starkly in the center of the page, with no surrounding decoration, and thus hew to an Oriental minimalism that allows them to leap off the page. The verse is a perfect complement, and the two work together seamlessly, paying homage to an Oriental style and flair while never entirely embodying it. We have no information on Aileen Street, the creator Small vellum tear by lower spine. Otherwise, clean and crisp. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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20 Warner, Worcester Reed Selections from Oriental Objects of Art Collected by Worcester Reed Warner Most of Which Have Been Presented to the Cleveland Museum of Art
Tarrytown, NY Bartlett Orr Press (Privately printed) 1921 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Folio. 36 by 26 cm. 135 pp. 54 photographic plates, 16 of which are in color. (The porcelain and jewelry specimens are mostly done in color.) Among the arts treated in this lavish book are pottery and procelain, jades and crystals, bronzes, and stone sculpture. Chinese specimens dominate, followed by Japanese, then Korean. The collector, Worcester Reed Warner (1846-1929), was a trained mechanical engineer, astronomer, entrepreneur and business executive, and a philanthropist. The company he co-founded, Warner & Swazey, manufactured machine tools, but was best known for making astonomical telescopes. The cover is moderately soiled but still handsome with its centerpiece gilt Chinese symbol. Within the book is clean and tight. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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