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  • 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...

  • The Yangtze Valley and Beyondby Isabella L. Bird; Graham Earnshaw

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 9.99

    Isabella Bird was one of the greatest travelers and travel writers of all time, and this is her last major book, a sympathetic look at inland China and beyond into Tibet at the end of the 19th century. In describing the journey, Isabella provides a rich mix of observations and describes two occasions when she is almost killed by anti-foreign mobs.... 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$ 7.99

    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...

  • 400 Million Customersby Carl Crow; Paul French

    Earnshaw Books 2008; US$ 7.99

    Probably the best selling book on doing in business in China ever and undoubtedly the best ever written Carl Crow?s 400 Million Customers is both amusing and informed. First published in 1937, 400 Million Customers is the distillation of the experiences of one of the most successful foreign businessmen ever to wash up on the China coast. Crow... more...

  • Foreign Devils in the Flowery Kingdomby Carl Crow; Paul French

    Earnshaw Books 2007; US$ 7.99

    Originally published in 1940, this is Carl Crow?s entertaining autobiography, the story of his more than 25 years of adventures and success in Shanghai during the tumultuous early decades of the 20th century. This book is a tale of East meets West set in the wild and heady days of inter-war China. It is an account of how two cultures clashed, bickering... more...

  • I Sailed with Chinese Piratesby Aleko E. Lilius; Paul French

    Earnshaw Books 2010; US$ 7.99

    An enthusiastic history of rampant Cantonese piracy in the 1930s, this first-hand account follows globetrotting journalist Aleko E. Lilius as he sets out to infiltrate mysterious pirate gangs. Describing every detail of the reporter?s life as he eats, sleeps, and sails with murderous gangs, this recollection chronicles the rapport between Lilius and... more...