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    G. R. G. Worcester. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze. Shanghai: 1947. First Edition. Inscribed, and with author's chop.

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    WORCESTER, G. R. G. Worcester. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze. A Study in Chinese

    Nautical Research. China. The Maritime Customs. III. Miscellaneous Series: No. 53 and 54. Two Volumes.

    Volume I: Introduction; and Craft of the Estuary and Shanghai Area. Volume II: The Craft of the Lower and Middle

    Yangtze and Tributaries. [With prospectus for Volume I laid-in]. Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate

    General of Customs, 1947. First Edition. Signed, inscribed, and dated by G. R. G. Worcester and with author's chop in volume I. Two volumes. Complete Set. Dated 1947-1948. Two Near Fine First Edition First Printings in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering spines and covers. Minimal cover edge wear, toning endpapers and page edges. 4tos. xxviii, 245 pp. xv, pp. 247-506. Prospectus for Volume I laid-in. In the last 20 years we have seen only one other volume of this series signed by Worcester. We have never seen a prospectus for any of the volumes in this series. Rare thus. A centerpiece of a Chinese Ship and/or Maritime Customs Collection. Hardcover. Near Fine.


    George R. G. Worcester (1890-1969) was an authority on sail in general and the greatest expert on Chinese junks

    and sampans. After a stint in the Royal Navy, Worcester joined the Chinese Maritime Customs Department in 1919.

    As River Inspector he assisted surveying over 1,500 miles of the Yangtze River. His main claim to fame was, through

    the intervention of Frederick Maze, getting Chinese permission to spend his time visiting every port in China to

    make a study of Chinese shipping from the earliest period. The results were a definitive group of books on Chinese

    junks and sampans and their variations.

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