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  • Tales of Old Bataviaby Kami Ehrich

    Earnshaw Books 2016; US$ 12.99

    The city of Jakarta, today the capital of Indonesia, has had other incarnations and other names, most notably as the regional headquarters of the Dutch East Indies when it was known around the world as Batavia. As the capital of the Netherlands? highly unlikely empire in the far east of Asia, Batavia was for 200 years the lynchpin for the international... more...

  • A Million People, Hadleyby Nick Macfie

    Earnshaw Books 2016; US$ 15.99

    Feckless journalist Hadley Arnold suspects he has an intriguing story on his hands when he finds Pakistani politician Marina Makhdoom in a sleazy Hong Kong bar. Then he loses her. Shrubs News Agency sends Hadley to Pakistan, where he becomes embroiled in the tendrils of surreal, deviant politics and at the whim of Makhdoom?s vicious husband. An intriguing... more...

  • Manchu Decadenceby Edmund Trelawny Backhouse; Derek Sandhaus

    Earnshaw Books 2016; US$ 15.99

    In 1898 a young Englishman walked into a homosexual brothel in Peking and began a journey that he claims took him all the way to the bedchamber of imperial China?s last great ruler, the Empress Dowager Tz?u Hsi. The man was Sir Edmund Backhouse, and his controversial memoirs, Décadence Mandchoue , were published for the first time by Earnshaw Books... more...

  • Tales of Old Tokyoby John Darwin van Fleet

    Earnshaw Books 2015; US$ 15.99

    A breathtaking romp through the city?s Tokyo?s history from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century, with, using lots of images, writings and clippings to bring back to life those far-off days. more...

  • Silhouettes of Pekingby D. de Martel; L. de Hoyer; D. de Warzee; Sapajou; Adam Williams

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    The dust has cleared from the 1911 revolution, and Peking's diplomatic set languish in an exotic world suspended somewhere between East and West, between propriety and decadence. Against this backdrop, Jean Maugrais finds himself the target of two married women's affections. But he longs for something more than the endless frivolities of the "smart... more...

  • China Under the Empress Dowagerby J. O. P. Bland; Edmund Trelawny Backhouse; Derek Sandhaus

    Earnshaw Books 2011; US$ 7.99

    One of the most popular and controversial Chinese history books ever written, this account explores the Forbidden City during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi (18611908). Entertaining and enlightening, this record examines a world of power-thirsty eunuchs, concubines, and Mandarins. Filled with intrigue, bitter antagonism, and ruthless reprisals... more...

  • Musings of a Chinese Gourmetby F. T. Cheng; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    This book, written in the early 1950s by a former Chinese ambassador to London, is a cultured and entertaining view of the gastronomic side of Chinese life. F.T. Cheng sets out to show Westerners that there was a lot more to Chinese food culture than chop suey. It is a wonderful reminder of the richness and depth of Chinese culture from a man who... more...

  • Across China on Footby Edwin John Dingle; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 15.99

    This book, first published in 1911, is one of the most important and best written travel books from old China. Edwin Dingle recounts his adventures as he travels up the Yangtze River from Shanghai and then by foot southwest across some of China's most wild and woolly territory to Burma. Along the way, Dingle absorbed an enormous amount of about life... more...

  • Two Years in the Forbidden Cityby Der Ling; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 7.99

    For two years, Princess Der Ling was the favorite lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Cixi in the imperial palace in Beijing. This book provides a unique and surprisingly intimate portrait of the Dragon Lady, who ruled China for 47 years, and brought the country to the brink of destruction. Der Ling refers to the larger political context on many... more...

  • My Life in China and Americaby Yung Wing; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 11.99

    This book, first published in 1909, in the autobiography of a man who witnessed and played a key role in 19th century China. Remarkably, the book was written in English Yung Wing, born in 1828, was the first Chinese person ever to graduate from a major US college. He then returned to his own world, seeing it now with outsiders? eyes. He brokered... more...