Memoranda Of The Tientsin British Committee Of Information:
An Unbroken Run From No. 1 (March 15th, 1926) to No. 34 (7th February, 1934)
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A hard to find collection of thirty four consecutive memoranda issued by the "British Committee of Information" in Tientsin (Tianjin), China - all thirty four original memoranda are complete and comprise a total of 185 pages plus three sketch maps with no pages or text missing.
Following the 1856 Treaty of Tientsin the major foreign powers were granted the right to maintain a presence in Tientsin to ensure access remained open to their legations in Peking (Beijing). The British presence in Tientsin ended in August 1940 - the memoranda in this collection cover the period March 1926 and February 1934 and provide a fascinating insight into British concerns and interests during that period.
The Committee was created to remedy "misunderstandings" and "a lack of knowledge" in Great Britain regarding the role and nature of foreign Settlements and Concessions in China - Memorandum No. 1 being devoted to an essay on the subject which seeks to justify the position of the foreign powers. We have been unable to confirm how many Memoranda were issued but can't find reference anywhere on-line to a Memorandum higher than No. 32 - we therefore believe this collection to be the complete run of all the Memoranda issued.
Each memorandum is Folio sized and measures approximately 13 x 8 inches / 34 x 21cm. The conditions are nearly all Good to Very Good with some light (very occasionally moderate) foxing / soiling and paper edge wear (two memoranda and one addendum sheet are graded "good").
The Memoranda include:
- "Economic Consequences of Military Control of the Railways"
- "China's Civil Wars and Militarist Factions"
- "The Tariff Conference"
- "An Interview with General Chiang Kai-Shek"
- "Bolsehvik Activities In China: Some Documents Seized In The Soviet Military Attaches Office At Peking On April 6, 1927" (covered by three consecutive Memoranda and comprising a total of 45 pages)
- "The Abolition of Extraterritoriality"
- "The Trials of a Christian University" and
- "A Trial For Murder in the Chinese Courts" (concerns the murder of a Russian resident and subsequent detention and trial of two expatriate suspects - 8 pages + a coloured map).
Total weight with packaging 900g.
Memoranda Of The Tientsin British Committee Of Information: An Unbroken Run From No. 1 (March 15th, 1926) to No. 34 (7th February, 1934)
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