TWELVE YEARS IN CHINA; The People, The Rebels, And The Mandarins / By A British Resident / Second Thousand With an Appendix
Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1860. Color Lithographs & wood engravings. Second Thousand / Printed by Thomas Constable. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo, publisher's original brown cloth with gilt embossed figures: crossed Chinese banners and gilt lettering on spine, Chinese junk on front cover, & Taiping rebel dancing with two raised swords on rear cover; illustrated with engraved title page & 2 tinted lithos, 8 full-page colored plates (twith tissue guards), 15 B&W in-text wood-engravings, & a large folded partially colored "Map of the Chinese Rebellion;" xviii, [xix-xx] + 345 pages & folding map at the rear +  Opinions of the Press +  Works of Thomas Constable and Co. Near Fine. Item #8965
SCARCE COPY (especially in this superior condition) with IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS. Near Fine Copy. Tight, bright, clean. Engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Colorful lithos are in Fine condition with tissue guards. Wood-engravings are sharp and black. Map is present: bright and clean with a 1 1/2" tear left middle; overall in Near Fine condition! Occasional light smudges and light foxing to text. A protective clear mylar jacket has been added.
Important insights into the enormous Taiping Rebellion and Imperialism. Includes a Prefatory Note and an Appendix with further reflexions on the deadly rebellion.
The Taiping Rebellion (1850 - 1864...1871), also known as the Taiping Civil War or the Taiping Revolution, was a massive civil war that was waged in China between the Manchu-led Qing dynasty and the Han, Hakka-led Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. After fighting the bloodiest civil war in world history, with over 20 MILLION DEAD, the established Qing government won decisively. The "victory" was achieved at a great price to its fiscal and political structure and led to further governmental degeneration and Imperialist aggression.