SHANGHAI

[ A Royal Navy officer in China during the Second Opium War. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed from Sub.-Lieut George Tate Medd to his family, describing incidents while serving on HMS Hornet. With ten drawings by Medd of Chinese heads.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ The Second Opium War, 1856-1860; Second China War; Arrow War; HMS Hornet ]
Publication details: 
The four letters sent from China. The first from 18 July (Hong Kong) to 2 August ('Anchored off Shanghae') 1857. The other three from Canton: 4 and 18 May, and 3 July 1858.
£3,500.00

Although not yet twenty at the time of writing, Medd was already an experienced sailor, having enlisted at the age of twelve, and seen service in the Crimean War. The four letters present here are vivid, well-written, and informative. (Medd had been educated at Dr Burney's school at Gosport, and had had a letter on the Crimean War published in the Stockport Advertiser.) Medd describes the background to the letters as follows (in Item Two below): 'I served in HM Steam sloop “Hornet” in China from July 1857 to July 1859. And was at the storming and taking of Canton city December 29th.

Printed handbill, headed 'Welcome Address presented to His Excellency Sardar K. M. Panikkar, Indian Ambassador to China on his first Official Visit to Shanghai by the Indian Merchants' Association - Shanghai'.

Author: 
H. G. Ahmad, Acting President, The Indian Merchants' Association - Shanghai [Sardar K. M. Panikkar, Indian Ambassador to China]
Publication details: 
[Shanghai:] 'On 19th June 1948.'
£35.00

Printed on one side of a piece of cream paper, roughly 33 x 20.5 cm. Good, on lightly aged paper. The address is contained within a decorative border, 27.5 x 16.5 cm, and consists of forty lines of text arranged in seven paragraphs. Ahmad touches on the importance of the 'Mercantile Community', on relations between China and India, and on the 'various causes which have considerably reduced the Import and Export trade in general' ('It is quite apparent that the local economic conditions have deteriorated to an alarming extent, [...]'). He thanks 'our consul general Mr.

Printed handbill, with corrected proof and partial typescript, of 'Welcome Address presented to His Excellency Sardar K. M. Panikkar, Indian Ambassador to China on his first Official Visit to Shanghai by the Indian Merchants' Association - Shanghai'.

Author: 
H. G. Ahmad, Acting President, The Indian Merchants' Association - Shanghai [Sardar K. M. Panikkar, Indian Ambassador to China]
Publication details: 
[Shanghai:] 'On 19th June 1948.'
£95.00

The handbill is printed on one side of a piece of cream paper, roughly 33 x 20.5 cm. Good: lightly aged and creased. The address is contained within a decorative border, 27.5 x 16.5 cm, and consists of forty lines of text arranged in seven paragraphs. Ahmad touches on the importance of the 'Mercantile Community', on relations between China and India, and on the 'various causes which have considerably reduced the Import and Export trade in general' ('It is quite apparent that the local economic conditions have deteriorated to an alarming extent, [...]'). He thanks 'our consul general Mr.

Printed address, in poster form, by the Presidents of the China Moslem Literary Society of Shanghai, and the Moslem Board of Education of Shanghai, 'To his Most Gracious Majesty King Farouk I of Egypt'.

Author: 
Haji Helal-ud-Din, President, The China Moslem Literary Society of Shanghai; Abdul-ur-Rahman Ma Tsin Ching, President, The Moslem Board of Education of Shanghai [King Farouk I of Egypt; India; China]
Publication details: 
Shanghai, 28th December 1937.'
£75.00

On one side of a piece of shiny art paper, 39 x 43 cm. The printed part is clear and entire, on creased and aged paper with chipping to extremities. The typography is a curious mixture, with the heading in gothic, and the fourteen-line address and the rest of the text in sansserif. A decorative picture-frame border extends around the sides and foot. Ornate initial and vertical decorative band to left-hand margin of text. To the right of the names of the two signatories are Chinese characters.

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