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Catalogue #15: Around Asia: China, India, Burma, Siam

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Catalogues, business cards and advertising flyers from old Shanghai, a 1924 Peking guide, women missionaries in India, a social butterfly in 1930s Burma…

Catalogue #14: China and the Philippines

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The first Filipino graduate of Harvard University on safari, a history of China’s Amoy Mission, Chinese occult, a language book for the study of Wen-li, and more…

Catalogue #13: China Maps

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Original vintage and antique maps of China and illustrated guides…

Catalogue #12: Asia: China, Japan, India and Burma

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Highlights include a 1916 journal handwritten in Japanese, a quirky 1896 Chinese/English dictionary from Hong Kong, and a scarce 1936 directory of Japanese American in the Western US.

Catalogue #11: China: From Kashgar to Shanghai

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A manual pertaining to the work of Foochow missionaries in the 1930s, exploration on the Silk Road, old photographs of Shanghai and Nanking, and more…

Catalogue #10: Rose City Virtual Book Fair

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A missionary school in Shanghai in the 1930s, hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, photograph albums of an upper class sporting family in England in the early 1900s, signed mountaineering books and more…

Catalogue #9: Photographs and Ephemera

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Adventuring in Alaska, the photographs of a US Navy officer on the USS Indianapolis in the 1930s, mining in Venezuela, a large archive of tailoring ephemera and a hand-illustrated juvenile poetry book.

Catalogue #8: China and the Chinese

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Scouting activities in Macao in the 1930s, Chinese Mother Goose rhymes, a missionary’s descriptions of Nanjing in the 1930s, an 1818 map of China and more…

Catalogue #7: Ephemera: A Miscellany

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Ephemera and photographs — from missionaries and Prohibition to punk rock, plus handsomely decorated menus — and a beautifully illustrated friendship album.

Catalogue #6: Highlights for the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

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Books, photographs, archives and ephemera – anarchism, the Egyptian monuments, homesteading in Washington state, 1897 mischief in Pendleton Oregon, building Seattle’s Smith Tower, and the poetry of an early feminist in Dallas Texas.

Catalogue #5: Memories: Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks

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A short list of Interesting vintage albums of photographs and scrapbooks: World War II, a 1930s NBC singing sensation and WSU graduate, mid-century furniture settings, a trip to Egypt in 1935 and more…

Catalogue #4: China and India

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An American couple in Tientsin in the 1930s, a viceroy’s travels in India, one of the first schools for the blind in China — a photograph of a Chinese impersonator and human xylophone…

Catalogue #3: From Here…To Timbuktu

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A broad sweep of history, from pioneers in early Seattle, to 1880s Egypt, a missionary who became prime minister of Hawaii, the military experiences of a British soldier on India’s Northwest Frontier in the early 1900s and more…

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Catalogue #2: Glimpses of China … and Japan

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Highlights include images of Chinese soldiers in World War 2, a rare map of early 1900 missionary stations, an embassy expedition in 1792 and views on anti-opium…


Catalogue #1: Glimpses of China

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For a look at colorful old Peking shop signs, women in the Chinese Revolution, a luggage label from an iconic Shanghai hotel and more…

Our Outlets

In addition to taking great care in selecting old books, manuscripts, and images, we’re also picky about giving you an excellent purchasing experience. That’s why we sell through outlets with 24/7 access, secure payment facilities, excellent shipping, reliable sales policies, and genuine customer service.

Shop our main store on ebay

The majority of our collection — antique books, manuscripts, and maps — is showcased at our eBay store. There, you can buy easily, and your order gets our immediate and personal attention. You’ll always get a note from me confirming your order.

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AbeBooks is where the best independent booksellers list their books. Libraries, bookstores, and avid readers all use AbeBooks as a primary source of rare book discovery, and that’s why we’re proud to have our online shop under their umbrella.

We’re also Amazon sellers

Although our emphasis is antique books, when we’re in the field, we occasionally run across newer items that are signed and often collectible. We sell these contemporary finds on Amazon.

We Buy Books

We’re interested in buying older, collectible, and signed books in good condition, as well as old manuscripts, albums of photographs, journals and diaries, and other historical material. Our special interests include travel and exploration – particularly Asia, Africa, Alaska and the Northwest, and travel narratives related to history and Americana. We appreciate attractive leather-bound and decorative volumes. We limit our travel to view private libraries to within Western Washington State at this time.

Timbuktu Books

Seattle, Washington USA

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