DINGLE, John Edwin, editor. The New Atlas and Commercial Gazetteer of China, a work devoted to its geography & resources and economic & commercial development. Shanghai, China: Published by the North-China Daily News & Herald, Ltd. [after 1916]

$ 18,000.00

DINGLE, John Edwin, editor. The New Atlas and Commercial Gazetteer of China, a work devoted to its geography & resources and economic & commercial development. Edited by Edwin John Dingle... Containing 25 bi-lingual maps, with complete indexes, and many coloured graphs. Compiled and translated from the latest and most authoritative surveys and records by the staff of the Far Eastern Geographical Establishment. Shanghai, China: Published by the North-China Daily News & Herald, Ltd. [after 1916]

Folio (21 2/8 x 13 2/8 inches). Half-title, title-page printed in red and black. One large double-page and folding chromolithographed railway map of China, 12 double-page general and regional maps of China, including one folding, 14 full-page regional maps, including one folding, 2 in text maps, and 18 full-page statistical graphs, all bright, attractive and in superb printed colour. Original publishers bevelled black glazed cloth decorated in blind, lettered in gilt (a bit worn at the extremities).

Provenance: Ex-Libris Jean R. Perrette, his sale, Christie's New York, 5th April 2016, lot 257

First edition of this MAGNIFICENT detailed, extensive and comprehensive commercial atlas of China. The maps are captioned in Chinese and English and include detailed surveys of Chinese geography, commerce, economics and education, a trade research section, and sections on Chinese production, railways, communications, forestation, geology, fauna and flora. The commercial section gives detailed information on China's exports and imports, the opium, silk, tea and treasure trades. Also of special note is a list of the 'Principle commodities of the World's commerce compiled with special reference to the economic and commercial development of China:

A second, expanded edition was published shortly after the first edition, probably in 1918, although it too is undated. 'The New Atlas and Commercial Gazetteer of China seeks to give all information that is essential to the business-man in regard to a country that comprises nearly a sixth of the earth's surface, a country that has the largest and most heterogeneous population in the world, a country about which less is known than in regard to any similar area in the world' (Preface to the second edition).