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The Phoenix
Volume III, Nos. 31-35
January-June 1873

Edited by Rev. James Summers

#31, January 1873
#32, February 1873
#33, March 1873
#34, April 1873
#35, May 1873
#36, June 1873

 
Condition. The issues are in Very Good condition. The paper wrap on the spine is broken. As normal, the text pages extend slightly outside the thin paper wrap. The paper wrap has minor toning and creasing. Internally very clean with no foxing or staining. String tie is intact. Unusually well preserved copies of this rather fragile publication.

 
Summers, Rev. James (editor):
The Phoenix, A Monthly Magazine for India, Burma, Siam, China, Japan and Eastern Asia, Volume III, No. 31-36, January - May, 1873, London, 8vo (7 1/2 x 10 in - 19 x 25.5 cm), thin paper wraps in yellow or green, string tied, pages 105-200. The last six monthly issues of the publication in single issue format.

 
No. 31, January, 1873, pages 105-120

  • The Life of Ogotai Khakan by H.H. Howorth
  • Bibliographical Notes on Chinese Books by W.F. Mayers
  • A Glance at Education in British Burma, by H.A.
  • On the Colonization of the Himalaya by Europeans by B.H. Hodgson
  • On the Tribes of Northern Tibet by B.H. Hodgson
  • Notes on the Burmese Language by James Summers
  • Reviews of Books, &c.

No. 32, February, 1873, pages 121-136

  • Relations of China with Badakhshan and the Afghans by W.F. Mayers
  • The Life of Ogotai Khakan by H.H. Howorth
  • Itinerary from Phari in Tibet, to Lassa by Archibald Campbell
  • On the Colonization of the Himalaya by Europeans by B.H. Hodgson
  • On the Tribes of Northern Tibet by B.H. Hodgson
  • What is Fung-shuey? by E.J. Eitel
  • Reviews of Books, &c.

No. 33, March, 1873, pages 137-152

  • The Monkey and the Crab (A Japanese Fable)
  • Urashima no Ko, or the Boy of Urashima (A Japanese Myth)
  • The Life of Ogotai Khakan by H.H. Howorth
  • On Winds, Storms, etc., in Tibet by Archibald Campbell
  • Japanese Sonnets, with Translations and Notes by J. O'Neill
  • On the Commerce of Nepal by B.H. Hodgson
  • Chinese Lines on a Fan "verified" by W.A.P. Martin
  • Notices of Books, &c.

No. 34, April, 1873, pages 153-168

  • The Life of Kuyuk by H.H. Howoroth
  • On the Commerce of Nepal by B.H. Hodgson
  • Outline of Japanese History by Arinori Mori
  • The Desert of Gobi described by M. Prjivalsky by Delmar Morgan
  • Notices of Books
  • Miscellaneous Notes

No. 35, May, 1873, pages 169-180

  • The Life of Mangu by H.H. Howorth
  • Outline of Japanese History by Arinori Mori
  • Notes on Loochoo by E.W. Satow
  • Japanese Sonnets by L. O'Neill
  • On the Commerce of Nepal by B.H. Hodgson
  • Notice of the Vostochnui Sbornik by E. Delmar Morgan

No. 36, June 1873, pages 181-200 (final issue)

  • A Trip to Takatsuki
  • Outline of Japanese History by Arinori Mori
  • The Life of Mangu by H.H. Howorth
  • On Ancient Japan from the Nihon gwai-shi
  • On the Commerce of Nepal by B.H. Hodgson
  • On the Capital Cities of China by F. Porter Smith
  • Memorial of A. Mori
  • Notes on the Burmese Language
  • Miscellaneous Note, etc.

 

General Information

The Phoenix was published monthly from July 1870 through June 1873 (issues Nos. 1-36). It is generally found bound into three volumes. Individual issues with the front and back paper wraps are seldom seen. During the three years of publication the title varied slightly as follows:

Volume I (1870-1) Issues #1-12), The Phoenix, A Monthly Magazine for China, Japan and Eastern Asia

Volumes II (1871-2) & III (1872-3) (#13-36), The Phoenix, A Monthly Magazine for India, Burma, Siam, China, Japan and Eastern Asia

The final issue of the Phoenix was issue No. 36 in June of 1873. In that issue Summers announced that he had accepted a professorship at the Imperial Collage at Tokyo. He solicited input on a proposal to continue publishing the Phoenix (No. 37) on January of 1874 in Yokohama or Tokyo. He noted:

It is my intention to add several new features, to illustrate it with Japanese engravings and to extend it's scope so as to include articles on any subject relating to the progress and well-being of the Asiatic countries.... (insert found before the first page of issue #36)
Summers' proposal was never acted upon and the 36 monthly issue of the publication marked its end. To see this announcement, click here.

General Information Regarding Characteristics of Individual issues Nos. 28-36:

  • Pages (text) roughly cut and typically extend slightly beyond the paper wraps.
  • Paper wraps are yellow or green and printed on the same weight paper as the text pages and wrap around the spine.
  • String tied with thin string loosely affixed through three points.
  • Front wrap serves as the title page and table of contents.
  • Commercial advertising inside the front and back wraps. For an example click here.
  • Text printed in double column format.
  • No illustrations - plates or text illustrations. Occasional tables.
  • Back wrap contains subscription information. For an example click here.

 


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