With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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Kengtung Occasions
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Burma (Kengtung, Shan State, presumed) 1908 Quarter Morocco, Cloth Boards Very Good 
Oblong 8vo. 18 by 25.5 cm. 30 original watercolors. With Shan captions, presumably translated into English which is presented on pastedown sheet on front inside cover. Depicted are struggles against Chinese invaders and the rise and fall of several leaders. About half of the scenes show violence, or armed engagement and/or threat, while the other scenes tend to be more placid, with men shown praying, in meditation, listening, resting. All the pictures have the irresistible charm of folk art. From the text label on the front cover, this is presumably one of two books of scenes, but without that indication, one should find this album self-contained, and while there is a cumulative impact to the scenes, each also works very well on its own. Kengtung is in the Shan State, or Northeast of Burma, of today's Myammar, close to the Chinese and Thai borders. An unattached note contained within states that a prior owner bought the album in Hong Kong. The spine label is torn at its bottom, but we believe there is no missing text to speak of. Soiling to the binding. The illustrations are generally clean and bright. A handsome, exotic album. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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