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xviii, 394 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -365) and index.
"The adventurous pursuits of commerce" -- The Middle Kingdom -- China dreams -- The "new people" -- China rush -- The golden ghetto -- China through American eyes -- The Opium War -- Racing the wind -- Fading fortune -- Echoes of the past.
Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.