The Ladies' Directory, or Red Book for Shanghai, 1870. Shanghai China.
The Ladies' Directory, or Red Book for Shanghai, 1870.

The Ladies' Directory, or Red Book for Shanghai, 1870.

Shanghai: North-China Herald, 1870. A remarkable little guide book for 19th century British women living in Shanghai, compiled by the North China Herald. Shanghai International Settlement was one of five treaty ports created under the terms of the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, at the end of the first Opium war. The settlement was initially only British with the French and Americans arriving later; but it always remained Chinese sovereign territory. The directory includes translations of colloquial phrases; translations of roads in the English settlements and in "Hong-Que"; listings of the women's' names, beginning with Mrs. T. Allen and ending with Miss Yates (at the French Concession); advertising for storekeepers; a table listing market prices for foodstuffs; and "Visiting Notes" with each month listed with blanks for visits made and visits received. The months of April, May, June, October, November and December have been filled in with ladies' names. 16mo, 45pp unpaginated, printed in red and blue ink. Red gilt stamped buckram with gilt title to front cover, no title at spine. Gilt title slt rubbed, very good overall. OCLC 723482984 cites Harvard's copy (1878); OCLC 558716759 cites two copies at the British Library (1876); OCLC 14340042 cites a small run at Cornell from 1895 to 1921. This edition appears unrecorded on OCLC and is not found in Cordier. Very good condition. Item #16563

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