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[Bible in Chinese]
[THE NEW TESTAMENT]. SHANGHAI: AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION PRESS, 1894 
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 USD
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281
[Bible in Chinese]
[THE NEW TESTAMENT]. SHANGHAI: AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION PRESS, 1894 
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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[Bible in Chinese]
[THE NEW TESTAMENT]. SHANGHAI: AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION PRESS, 1894 
4to (12 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.; 310 x 225 mm). Chinese text, title printed in black and red, large type framed within an ornamental red border. Original black morocco over bevelled boards, titled in gold on upper cover, with bamboo pattern stamped in blind, turn-ins gilt-ruled, all edges stained red and gilt; corners bumped with some loss, spine rubbed with loss to morocco, lower joint split but holding.
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Provenance

Chauncey Goodrich (note to front pastedown, dated 11 February 1898). Goodrich (1836-1925) authored several books related to the Chinese language and complied Chinese-English dictionaries.

Literature

Darlow and Moule 2606

Catalogue Note

A RARE EDITION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IN CHINESE, the original of which was presented in a special binding to Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) in celebration of her sixtieth birthday. In 1861, Cixi's infant son Zaichun became Tongzhi Emperor, and, after ousting the regents appointed by the late emperor, assumed the regency. After Zaichun's death in 1875, Cixi engineered that her nephew succeed as emperor, meaning that she effectively controlled the Chinese government for over forty years. For several decades, Cixi maintained "a delicate, but not always successful" balance between treaty obligations agreed shortly before her reign that allowed foreign missionaries access to inland China and her sympathies for the anti-Christian movements that arose as a result (Liu, Lydia He, The Clash of Empires [2006], p.142). The idea of presenting Cixi with a bible on her birthday was proposed at the Shanghai Missionary Conference in February 1894, and a committee was quickly assembled to put the plan into action. The present lot is an almost exact duplicate of that presented to Cixi with an exception of the binding: Cixi's bible was bound in solid silver boards, and then laid in a matching silver casket.

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