London & Shanghai: Trubner & Co, Kelly & Walsh, 1876. First edition. Hardcover. Balfour was a eminent sinologist, known for translating the Tao Te Ching. He lived in Shanghai during the Victorian Era. He was editor of the North China Daily News, and his letters on the famine in China were well received during a time when little credible news made it out of China. Chapters on Chinese Jews, views on Buddhism, Chinese Theory on Creation,opium, rival Evangelisers of China, Japanese Influence on China, legendary Corea, secret societies and their political significance etc. Ownership stamp of George Brush, a US Naval captain from Long Island, who would personally have purchased this copy in China.
Lge 8vo (x), 223 pp. Publishers tan cloth covers with black and gilt decoration and spine. Slt. foxing on title, some slight marks on spine, slt ruffle spine head. Overall a very nice copy. Fine. Item #26610