Fair highlight from Asia Bookroom

 

The Hongkong Directory and Hong List for The Far East, for 1884. 

566pp + [20] page section of advertisments, light even browning throughout, a little heavier on endpapers, occasional spotting. Bound in original red cloth boards gilt, a little flecked and marked, some fairly minor damp staining upper section lower cover upper section, spine discoloured. Inscription shows a charming family association: "To Carrie Lees, from her affectionate brother Stuart M. Fraser-Smith". 

An attractive copy.  Robert Fraser-Smith. Hong Kong. 1883. 

This very scarce directory is full of detailed information relating to trade, business and the lives of those involved in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Borneo and Japan at the end of the 19th century. There are extensive lists of occupations each with name of the current occupant which is further complimented by the advertisments at the rear many of which also list names of directors and others in roles of responsibility.

 

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