The Further Adventures of the Little Traveller [And Other Pieces, Signed G.F.P.]

The Further Adventures of the Little Traveller [And Other Pieces, Signed G.F.P.]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...ware, and other ornaments, brought by the junks from Japan; many beautifully-carved rhinoceros' horns, bronzes, and other articles to which the Chinese attach great importance, purchasing them at exorbitant rates, apparently far beyond their value. But what struck me as being most unique, was a peculiar kind of furniture, made and sold in a street, generally called 'Furniture-street' by foreigners, who visit Ningpo. There were beds, chairs, tables, washingstands, cabinets, and presses, all peculiarly Chinese in their form, and beautifully inlaid with different kinds of wood and ivory representing the people and customs of the country, and presenting, in fact, a series of pictures of China and the Chinese. Every one who saw these things admired them; and, what was rather strange, they seem peculiar to Ningpo, and are not met with at any of the other five ports, not even in Shanghae. As all this beautiful work is expensive, it is, of course, only used in the houses of the wealthy." It should also be remarked that the Chinese regard Ningpo as one of the most literary cities in the empire. Of the people included within its walls, while four-fifths are estimated to be engaged in trade, merchandize, or labour, no less a proportion than one-fifth are considered to belong to the literary class. This, however, includes not only the graduates and candidates for literary promotion, but also the writers and clerks in the public offices. The successful aspirants to degrees are invested with important civil privileges, being subject, in most cases of a municipal nature, to the literary chancellor of the province, to whom they can appeal from the lower officers of Government, so as to enjoy a prescriptive right. Of the population in the suburbs and...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236838084
  • 9781236838087