FIRST EDITION "The Island of Formosa, Past and Present"- James Wheeler Davidson


Item Description: " THE GREATEST COMPREHENSIVE MONOGRAPH ON THE ISLAND EMPIRE"- Yokohama 1903, Kelly & Walsh. Cover: green pictorial cloth, good condition- traces of water-based glue at spine (see photos)- may be reversed/conserved, but book withstands handling easily as-is. Incised gold illustration intact, red title lettering faint but legible.
Contents: 646+28+46p., color map, 2 color, 166 b/w illustrations, photographs & diagrams. Large, lovely and unsoiled folding map in back cover slip (1" tears in folds, commensurate with age, do not deter its beauty, and it would be great framed!); spine splits mended, endpapers intact and original; clean copy, internally very good.
Content highlights: Tea; Camphor; Sugar; Gold; Coal; Sulphur; Economical Plants, and other trade products. This excellent & comprehensive work was written by then U.S. Consul.
This source begins with Formosa's first known visitors, then under Dutch rule; the Kingdom of Koxinga, a Chinese possession, visited by Benyowsky in 1771; foreign intervention and massacre of British subjects 1801-1847; wrecks and outrages on navigators to 1867; Japanese Expedition of 1874; opened to foreign trade 1868; French campaign in Formosa as a province of China; Japanese occupation & war, 1895; rise of Formosan Republic; Japanese occupation.
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