Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1975. 1st Edition. 8vo. Fine / Fine. Item #13069
Beautiful two volume 1st Edition set on Hart, Britain's Inspector general of China's Imperial Maritime Service during the late 19th century.
"Hart was the most important and most influential Westerner in Qing dynasty China. According to Jung Chang, he transformed Chinese Customs "from an antiquated set-up, anarchical and prone to corruption, into a well-regulated modern organisation, which contributed enormously to China's economy." Professor Rana Mitter of the University of Oxford writes that Hart "was honest and helped to generate a great deal of income for China."
"Sun Yat-sen described him as "the most trusted as he was the most efficient and influential of 'Chinese.'" - Wiki
Two volumes complete. Green cloth with gilt titling to spines. Bindings in Fine condition. Dust jackets with just a hint of sunning to spines, protected in archival mylar.
A superior set.