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1917 - CHINA - Her History, Diplomacy and Commerce - E H Parker CHINESE Maps

1917 - CHINA - Her History, Diplomacy and Commerce - E H Parker CHINESE Maps

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China Her History,Diplomacy,and Commerce
From The Earliest Times to the Present Day

With Maps (17 with some folding)

By E H Parker

Published by John Murray, London, 1917. Second Edition. Hardback, red cloth with gilt chinese stamp to upper board and gilt title to spine, palin endpapers, pp xxx, 419 including the index, illustrated with a b&w frontispiece and 17 maps (some are  fold-out maps).

A very good clean copy. The cloth binding is very good, endpapers good with a little browning from age. All contents present including all 17 Maps. PAges very clean throughout as are all the maps. No writing or names to the book. Overall a very good copy of this second edition.

Edward Harper Parker
(3 July 1849 – 1926) was an English barrister and sinologist who wrote a number of books on the First and Second Opium Wars and other Chinese topics. On his return to England he ended his career as a university professor.

He was educated at the Royal Institution School, Liverpool, and became a barrister of the Middle Temple. He intended to engage in the tea trade, studied Chinese, and from 1869 to 1871, in the character of student interpreter, he traveled in Mongolia, and afterwards served at the British consulates in Wenchow, Fusan, and Shanghai, and traveled in Oceania, Eastern Asia, and North America. He retired from the consular service in 1895, became reader in Chinese at University College, Liverpool, in 1896, and in 1901 was appointed to a chair in Chinese at Owens College, Manchester.

In his day, he was well known as a popular interpreter of current and historical events. But his greatest contribution historically may turn out to be an unusual outlook on colloquial Chinese language. He identified, most significantly, "characterless words" in Cantonese and Hakka, among other dialect groups. Chinese historical linguistics, as practiced both natively and among Westerners, did not begin taking these words seriously until almost the present day
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