Lot 404: Learning Chinese in Shanghai in 1920s

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Lot 404: Author: N/A; Title: Shanghai Colloquial. Book 1. Beginners' Lessons; Place Published: Shanghai, China; Publisher: Printed by Kue Hsing; Date Published: [c.1925?]; Description: [42] pp., various paginations. Text in English and Chinese (the Chinese written phonetically in Roman characters). 27x20 cm. (10¾x8"), boards, paper cover label.Captivating little workbook for learning Chinese on a useful if somewhat rudimentary level, with exercises, vocabulary, etc. Among the phrases taught are "He robbed me of my watch"; "Give the beggar a cash"; "I told you to turn right"; "This ricsha coolie is very good"; "How many prisoners are there in the foreign gaol now?"; and the ever-necessary "Where is the latrine?" In the earlier part of the book are numerous notes, both in pencil and ink. No copies are listed in OCLC/WorldCat. Condition: Some wear, generally very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $150-250
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