New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. With 24 illustrations and 5 maps and plans. First American Edition. 8vo. Blind stamped green cloth and gold stamped spine. 300 pp. and V pp. index. Text set in Caledonia, a Linotype face designed by W. A. Dwiggins. Book in fine condition. / Dust jacket shows some toning and a touch of light shelf wear. Overall a very good dust jacket. Item #699
This book describes life in Macao, Canton, Whampoa, Foochow, and Peking. In it are the men-muddled, knavish, noble, Chinese and English - who invented and developed the international opium trade. Here are the encounters and battles that resulted, the stately Oriental conferences, the fiery debates in Parliament, the fortunes that were made and lost. Shifting back and forth between London and the China coast, Mr. Collis's narrative glows with the color and warmth of an entire century of piratical and national activity.