Vladivostok: Typ. of Sushchinsky & Co., 1902. Item #321
, 46 pp. Octavo. With a folding lithographed plate and a folding lithographed map at rear. Original publisher’s wrappers. Very good. Wrappers with very minor chipping on extremities.
First and only edition. Very rare. The account of a travel to Harbin across the modern Heilongjiang province of China, written by Andrey Tsererin, a student of the newly founded Vladivostok Eastern Institute (modern-day Far-Eastern Federal University). The brochure describes history, geography and modern state of the province, with a special chapter on the Boxer rebellion and the Honghuzi (armed Chinese bandits), population, Russian settlers, spread of Christianity, agriculture, opium production and consumption; there is a detailed description of making hanshin or baijiu (traditional Chinese strong alcoholic beverage). The account was published as an offprint from the Izvestiya Vostochnogo Instituta (vol. III, part III), supplemented with a lithographed map marking main towns, rivers, roads and mountains of the region between the Songhua and Hulan Rivers. The lithographed plate shows a draught of the apparatus used for making baijiu alcoholic beverage.
Overall a very interesting rare imprint about Chinese Manchuria during the Boxer Rebellion.
Only two paper copies found in Worldcat (British Library, National Library of France).