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Seller: antiquarianbooks-uk (10,637) 100%, Location: Whitegate, Cheshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223472712143 I have here for sale a RARE book published in SHANGHAI in CHINA in 1922 by the Commercial Press Limited. The book is ENGLISH AND CHINESE PRONOUNCING POCKET DICTIONARY with an APPENDIX by Z T K Woo and W Y Hu, twenty fourth edition revised. Bound in floppy, linen covered decorated covers but worn and rubbed as is always the case with Chinese books printed early in the 1900s and which have survived the Cultural Revolution! 1083 pages. 15 x 8 cm. The history of the Commercial Press Ltd of Shanghai is as follows:In 1897, 26-year-old Xia Ruifang and three of his friends founded The Commercial Press in Shanghai. The group soon received financial backing and began publishing books.[1] In 1914, Xia attempted to buy out a Japanese company that had invested in the Commercial Press. Four days later he was assassinated. There was much speculation as to who was behind the assassination; no one was ever arrested for the crime.Commercial Press was bombed by the Imperial Japanese Army during the January 28 Incident. The bombing destroyed its headquarters in Zhabei, Shanghai, as well as the attached East Library and its collection of tens of thousands of rare books.[2]At the turn of the century Commercial Press became a major publisher of textbooks. Today it is headquartered in Beijing and continues as an active publishing house of Chinese language learning materials including dictionaries, textbooks, pedagogical texts, and a cultural magazine called The World of Chinese.[3]Evolution[edit]In 1902 it was set up with a forward attitude toward both Chinese and Western studies.In 1903 it became China's first primary education textbook publisher. It later produced 2,550 secondary school textbooks that became popular in the country.In 1904 it launched the "Eastern Miscellany" (東方雜誌) with editor-in-chief (杜亞泉).In 1907 the press moved to an 80-acre (320,000 m2) new plant.In 1909 it launched the "Education Magazine" (教育雜誌).In 1910 it launched "The Short Story Magazine" (小說月報).In 1911 it launched the "Youth Magazine" (少年雜誌).In January 1914, the founder of Commercial Press, Xia Ruifang, was stabbed to death.[4]In 1914 it set up a branch in "Hong Kong Museum" of the same year. It also launched the "Students' Magazine" (學生雜誌).In 1915 it printed the first dictionary.In 1916 it set up a branch in Singapore.In 1921 with Hu Shih's recommendation, Wang Yunwu (王雲五) became the general manager modernising it into a business. The first edition of Zhongguo renming dacidian was published.In 1924 it opened the "Commercial Press Oriental Library".On 28 January 1932, the January 28 Incident occurred. The Japanese aircraft bombed the Commercial Press in conjunction with the Oriental Library. Imperial Japanese army would occupy Shanghai the next day. TCP resumed operation in 1932-08-01.In 1949, TCP's operation was relocated away from China after Liberation Army had entered Shanghai.In 1954, the TCP's headquarter was moved from Shanghai to Beijing shifting the focus to academic works published in the West.In 1993, the separate Commercial Press companies in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia established a joint venture to become "The Commercial Press International Limited."In 2011, the Beijing office was changed into limited liability company (商务印书馆有限公司).When China publishing and Media Holdings Co.,Ltd. (中国出版传媒股份有限公司) was founded in 2011-12-19, the newly founded company became the parent company.[5]Postage will be by Air Mail outside of UK. If you buy more than one item then the postage cost falls for the second and further items as I will put them into one parcel - so you save money. We wrap and post the parcels on Monday and Tuesday - therefore if you pay before midday on Tuesday we will get it in the postal sacks on Tuesday night, and if it is after that time then it will go into the postal service on the following Monday. We have over 1000 items in our Ebay shop on a wide range of subjects, so please feel free to have a browse and see if anything else takes your fancy. Non-Fiction Subject: Dictionaries & Reference, Language: Chinese, Printing Year: 1922, Condition: Used, Binding: Hardback, Year Printed: 1922, Region: Asia, Fiction Subject: Novels, Special Attributes: Illustrated

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