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    The Reverend James Summers [editor]: The Chinese and Japanese Repository of Facts and Events in Science, History, and Art, Relating to Eastern Asia. (London: W.H.Allen and Company, 1864 and 1865), first edition, two volumes, 524 and 592 respectfully, decorative cloth boards with gilt titles and decoration, 8vo (6" x 9.5"), replaced endpapers in each volume, former owner's name written in ink on the title page of volume one, spines faded and rubbed, corners bumped, age toning to title pages, contents sound and clean, very good condition. The journal documents events in China and Japan as viewed by Westerners. Volume one covers the period July, 1863 to June, 1864. The second volume, comprising volume two and three of the compendium, covers the period August, 1864 to December, 1865. Many topics are discussed, often in great depth in a serial format. Representative subjects covered include the Israelites in China, Chinese literature, drama, fables and poetry, Chinese mathematics, earthquakes in both China and Japan, the aboriginal tribes in China, religious practices in China and Japan, the British reprisal destruction at Kagoshima in Japan, the Lay-Osborn Expedition to China, Mongolian language and literature, British commerce with Japan, the conquest of the Island Taiwan (Formosa) by the Chinese in 1662, the railways in China, and missionary medical practice in Peking in 1861-2. The primary writer and editor was Rev. James Summers.

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