HERNISZ, Stanislas,

A guide to conversation in the English and Chinese languages

£2,500

A guide to conversation in the English and Chinese languages
for the use of Americans and Chinese in California and elsewhere
Boston, [Cleveland & London] Jewett, 1854

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A scarce publication aimed at facilitating communication between Americans and Chinese in California at a time when many Chinese were employed on railway construction. The Chinese characters in the volume were part of the collection of type engraved by Marcellin Legrand. Legrand developed a new set of Chinese matrices by reducing the total number needed to print the 214 Kangxi radicals and another 1100 common characters. These 1.314 characters could then be combined to make compound characters. The font was cut in Paris by Legrand’s Chinese students.

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first edition. Small landscape folio, viii, 179 pp., frontispiece, contemporary marbled boards, rebacked preserving spine, red morocco lettering piece, a very good copy of a scarce work.

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Stock ID: 93083