Keswick, Maggie, editor. Revised and updated by Clara Weatherall. (Alan Reid, Peter Ward Fay, Yen-p'ing Hao, Kwang-ching Liu, Pat Barr, Edward LeFevour, John Keswick, Adam Williams, Jeremy Brown, John King Fairbank, Percy Weatherall.)
Title THE THISTLE AND THE JADE: A CELEBRATION OF 175 YEARS OF JARDINE MATHESON.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Near Fine
Jacket Condition Near Fine
Edition 1st Printing
Publisher London Frances Lincoln 2008
0711228302 / 9780711228306
Seller ID 27448
320 pp, 4to (12 1/8" H). First printing of the revised edition (an update of the 1982, 150th anniversary volume). Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs and reproductions. "Founded in Canton in 1832, Jardine Matheson has grown, principally from bases in the East, to become an international trading house with business interests throughout the world. (This book) assembles contributions from leading historians, such as Professor John King Fairbank and Professor K.C. Liu, and old Jardine hands, including Alan Reid and Sir John Keswick, as well as figures from the more recent history of the firm, to chronicle how this happened. They tell the story of how wealth and influence were accumulated in the early days of trading, and of the special relationship forged by 'the Princely Hong' with China and her people. They describe the opening up of Japan. They explain how the company faced the challenge of the last years of the nineteenth century by diversifying into railway construction in China and other industrial activities. After World War II the firm had to cope with the closure of China before going public in 1961. A major restructuring in the 1980s propelled the Group forward into new markets in Asia and, more recently, has allowed it to recommence full-scale operations in China. 'The Thistle and The Jade' is truly a tale of merchant adventure." Minor wear at corners and top/bottom edges of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling.