1888 Rare Account on MACAO CHINA Southeast Asia First Edition
Scarce account of a 19th century journey in Southeast Asia and China. The author, Gomes Bernardino Da Silva , travelled to Asia on board of a Portuguese corvette in 1869. Even though the author describes all places he visited, most of the work is dedicated to Macao and Honk Kong. The author describes how natives dress, and social behave. It details the high rate of prostitution (it is not rare to see mothers drag their daughters to prostitution for a few patacas), the opium vice, religious rites, etc. The author sometimes describes negatively the Chinese living in Macao. For instance in one part he reports The Chins are fearful, but also wicked and astute. What they cannot get by force, since they are of a weak physical complexion, they will get it by treason and deception. Nevertheless, they are very active and laborious, sleeping only three hours during the night. When they have nothing to do, they gamble or steal, since their energetic mind does not allow them to stay still..
Illustrated with a lithograph portrait of the author. Title page with a 19. Century dedication by the author?
Reading: Offerece ao seu noble amigo Exmo. Joaquim Albano Corte Real como prova de alta estima e consideração , in English, Gift to my noble friend the honorable Joaquim Albano Corte Real as a token of great consideration. Century binding, leaves marbled at cut. Complete and in overall good condition despite browning and some stains. The item "1888 Rare Account on MACAO CHINA Southeast Asia First Edition" is in sale since Saturday, June 21, 2014. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "planet-auctions" and is located in Portugal. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Year Printed: 1888
- Topic: Asia
- Subject: Exploration & Travel
- Special Attributes: 1st Edition
- Origin: European