Rare 1890 China Tainan City Taiwan Formosa Opium Consular Report Trade Hmso 1st For Sale
CHINA. TRADE OF TAINAN [CITY], FORMOSA. “REPORT ON THE TRADE OF
TAINAN [FORMOSA] FOR THE YEAR 1890”.
FOREIGN OFFICE. HMSO, London, 1891. British Parliamentary Paper
C.-6205-106. Diplomatic and Consular Reports No. 375 Annual Series.
Published H.M.S.O. Presented to Both Houses of Parliament by Command
of Her Majesty, May 1891. London: Printed for Her Majesty's
Stationery Office by Harrison and Sons, St. Martin’s Lane, Printers
to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty,1891. First edition.
extremely rare 1890 British Consular and commercial trade report for
Tainan, with 25 pages uniformly age-browned, and a folding coloured
map of Formosa island, showing the sugar-producing regions, one small
split to map fold, otherwise all VGC, bound in a blue card thermal
binder. There is a section on the opium trade.
Headings in the report
BY DR. MYERS ON THE CULTIVATION OF RAW SUGAR IN SOUTH FORMOSA
OF THE CANE BY STONE MILLS
remarkable report – early official material on Formosa [Taiwan]
and the city of Tainan is very scarce and collectible. Please
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is a broad one covering all the published records of the activities
of the British Parliament. It could conceivably include the reports
of debates. However, it has a more precise meaning referring solely
to particular groups of papers which came before the House of
Commons. These papers were printed for the use of Parliament and were
included in numbered series. The popular term for them was "Blue
Books" because for most of the nineteenth century, the printer
used a blue paper cover on many of them.
the student of public affairs, sociology and economic and industrial
history the most important of the Parliamentary Papers are those
which gave to Parliament information on questions of policy and
administration with which its members were concerned. Of particular
importance amongst the papers which were ordered by the House of
Commons to be printed were reports of Select Committees. These
committees were made up of a limited number of Members of Parliament
who were chosen to examine or deal with certain problems which were
relevant to the activities of the legislature.
tasks delegated to a Select Committee could be handled more
effectively and expeditiously by a small group than by the whole
house. The committees collected evidence, examined witnesses and
prepared reports. Their printed reports usually contain not only the
actual reports but also a record of the proceedings of the committees
and the minutes of evidence, if any, taken. The record of proceedings
is sometimes a valuable guide to the trends of opinion within a
committee, while the minutes of evidence are usually a veritable mine
of Royal Commissions, Departmental Committees or of other
investigating bodies are of at least equal importance. They were not
appointed by the House and did not report to it, but to their
appointing authority, that is to the Crown or to the Minister. Their
reports came before the House of Commons by Command, that is, they
were not "ordered by the House of Commons to be printed",
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Select Committees, which were composed of Members of Parliament,
Royal Commissions included as members persons who had no connection
with politics but who were considered experts in the subjects to be
investigated. If the necessity arose a commission could send its
members abroad to take evidence. For example a commission early in
this century sent members to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and
Canada to take evidence on the "Natural Resources, Trade and
Legislation of Certain Portions of His Majesty’s Dominions".
the reports of Select Committees and Royal Commissions, the
Parliamentary Papers include a wide variety of other documents.
Collections of correspondence showing details of certain aspects of
public policy were often laid before the House. Some of these rival
the reports of Select Committees and of Royal Commissions in both
volume and historical value.
the nineteenth century the full range of Parliamentary Papers totals
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existence in any country". Through the series is scattered some
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history. Professor James T Shotwell, the noted social historian, has
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contemporary knowledge of an era when humanitarianism was beginning
to mould legislation.
list of topics which they cover reads like a litany of human problems
consequent upon the industrial revolution: enclosures, game laws,
trade conditions, river pollution, railways, wages, conditions of
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charities etc. These lay bare the personal miseries on which
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thinking of the years between the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak
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magnificent series of papers included a variety of documents which it
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reports such as that by Captain Renham on passenger accommodation on
ships travelling between Ireland and Liverpool and correspondence
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the 1830s. The Inspector General’s report on Newgate Prison in 1856
was followed by a report by a committee of aldermen of London on the
same subject. Both are in the papers presented to Parliament though
neither of them originate in Parliament.
of the reasons why this great source has not been used to the full
extent of its potential has been the difficulty of access to sets of
the Parliamentary Papers. Not many of even the major libraries of
Britain can boast of having anything approaching a complete set.
None, not even the House of Commons itself or the British Museum, has
an absolutely perfect run of them. Outside of Britain they are rarer
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