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Narrative of the Late Proceedings and Events in China.
vi + 2 + 3a - 3f + 3 - 182pp +  + appendix 75 pp. Short closed tear upper margin title page, some foxing and browning endpapers and title page, very occasional spotting but in general the text is very clean. Two contemporary signatures upper margin title page a little trimmed. Half morocco a little worn at extremities, marbled paper covered boards. 19.5 x 13cm. Lust 577. Cordier 2360. Printed at the Canton Register Press. Canton. 1839.
John Slade the printer at the Canton Register published a great number of the documents, letters and opinions contained within these pages in the lead up to the First Opium War. As he did so it occurred to him "how useful a preliminary study for those of his distant fellow-countrymen interested in the late events" would be. This resulting work uses a great many source documents to explain the situation as he saw it between the key players - British and Chinese at the time. John Lust succinctly describes "Narrative of the Late Proceedings and Events in China" in his very useful bibliography "Western Books on China Published up to 1850" as "Largely a documentary commentary on Lin Tse-hsu's [Lin Zexu] anti-opium campaign and foreign reactions. Question of British rights not Chinese ethics".
The 75 page appendix which John Slade recommends reading first, comprises Chinese documents, translated by largely Mr J. Robert Morrison, with others by Mr Thom, Mr Samuel Fearon and himself. Reading the Chinese viewpoint first John Slade believed would enable "his distant fellow country-men to approach the question of the trade in opium, with considerable knowledge of the tactics of the Chinese government as applied to it..."
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