New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. Revised Edition. Large 8vo. 836; 775 pp. Index. Illustrations. Color foldout titled "Imperial Worship of Shangti on the Altar of Heaven at Peking"; black & white foldout titled "Signing of the Treaty of Peking by Lord Elgin and Prince Kung"; large folding map in rear pocket of Volume II. Publisher's navy cloth with gilt illustration to front covers; gilt lettering to spines. Exlibris from the Ship's Library U.S.S. Independence (Volume II has label for Ship's Library U.S.S. Wisconsin which appears to cover the U.S.S. Independence label); letters to spines; stamps and labels inside front covers. General wear to extremities; else a very good set. Item #19896
Samuel Wells Williams (1812 – 1884) was a linguist, official, missionary and Sinologist from the United States in the early 19th century. He spent most of his adult life in China, returning to the United States in 1877 and became the first Professor of Chinese language and literature in the United States at Yale University. First published in 1848, the author has revised and updated this work to reflect the many changes China underwent as it became a more reformed and modern nation.