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SCHLEGEL, Gustave (1840 - 1903)
Thian Ti Hwui. The Hung-League, or, Heaven-Earth-League. A secret society with the Chinese in China and India.

Batavia [Jakarta] : Lange & Co., 1866.

Quarto, half crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, bookplate to front pastedown for John A. Cockburn and bookseller’s label of Arthur Probsthain, pp xl; 253; 16 folding lithographed plates, pale foxing to preliminaries; a very good copy. Text in English and Chinese.

A study of the Chinese triads.

The rare first edition of this important work, written by the Dutch sinologist Schlegel while he was working as a Chinese translator in Batavia. Complete with plate XIV, which is suppressed in most copies. Rare.

Cordier, Sinica, 1760

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