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A. B. Freeman-Mitford - The Attaché at Peking - 1900

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A. B. Freeman-Mitford - The Attaché at Peking - 1900

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History, Travels - Quantity: 1

Object: Book
Number of Books: 1
Subject: History, Travels
Author/ Illustrator: A. B. Freeman-Mitford
Book Title: The Attaché at Peking
Condition: Very good
Publication year oldest item: 1900
Edition: 1st Edition
Language: English
Version: Original Language
Publisher: Macmillan & Co, London
Binding/ Material: Hardback

20 x 13 cm, pp. LVIII + 386 with two pages of editorial communications, dark canvas binding with gold titles and tooling on the spine and gold bats on both plates, in excellent condition, only minor foxing on the endpapers (see photos). On the frontispiece are stamps that indicate the ownership and the cancellation from the catalogue of the American Academy of Rome, small bookplate with monogram on the front endpaper.
Letters from a famous British diplomat based in China to several people, from 1865 to the end of 1866.
Fascinating insights on the streets of Hong Kong, temples of Guangzhou, travels to Shanghai, China and foreign relations in Tung Chou (which would later become an important point of conflict), the walls and the Beijing urban architecture, the meetings with the Prince of Kung, Chinese medicine, imperial examinations and bureaucracy, etc..
A window on life in China in the late 19th century, of course seen through the lens of a foreigner.

The author was part of the Foreign Office and was third Secretary at the British Embassy in St. Petersburg.
He served in the diplomatic corps in Beijing, then in Japan as Second Secretary of the British legation, during the difficult Meiji Restoration.
He resigned from the diplomatic career in 1873.
Subsequently he held political office and became a magistrate.
In 1906 he accompanied Prince Arthur in Japan.

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