Ref NoMCR/4/2/2
Alt Ref NoMR/88
geographical classification 4.4
TitleChina: Economic Products
DescriptionManuscript and typescript letters and memorandums, printed documents and press cuttings regarding subjects of economic and botanical interest relating to China. Includes letters to [?William Jackson Hooker], Joseph Hooker, Thiselton-Dyer and Morris; and includes letters and memorandums by Thiselton-Dyer, Morris, Jackson, Stapf, and Hemsley. Includes correspondence with the Foreign Office, London Office of the Inspectorate General of Chinese Maritime Customs, and consular officials. Includes illustrations and specimens of seeds and fibre.

Volume includes sections on the following subjects:

General

-- China and Japan. Vegetable Productions --
(Ff1-52) Papers regarding vegetable products, including medicinal usage, and on specimens from North Formosa sent by J Watters to the Kew Museum. Includes illustration of Gymnocladus chinensis, Baill.

-- Ichang Products --
(Ff53-69) Includes illustrations of objects and their use, and the following printed document:

- 'Animal, Fossil, Mineral and Vegetable Products of the Ichang Consular District' (1884).

-- South Manchuria; Newchwang --
(Ff70-79) Papers regarding hemp, jute and indigo (Polygonum tinctorium [Persicaria tinctoria], perilla ocymoides [Perilla frutescens] and abutilon avicennae).

-- Wenchow --
(Ff80-85) Printed document regarding agricultural products in Wenchow, including oil cabbage and China jute.

Special

Fibres
-- Chinese jute, Hemp skins --
(Ff86-125) Papers regarding cultivationn and on specimens sent to Kew. Includes report on cultivation of Abutilon and the extraction of its fibre, and the following printed document:

- CHINA. IMPERIAL MARITIME CUSTOMS. CHINESE JUTE (1891).

-- Kiungchow Pineapple --
(Ff126-135).

-- Pueraria [Thunbergiana] --
(Ff136-180) Includes fabric sample (f159) with report on its manufacture, and papers regarding cloth made from the 'Ko plant'.

-- Agave vivipara --
(Ff181-184).

-- Native Cloth --
(Ff185-192) Includes:

- FOREIGN OFFICE. REPORTS ON SUBJECTS OF GENERAL AND COMMERCIAL INTEREST. CHINA. REPORT ON THE MANUFACTIRES OF NATIVE CLOTH IN THE CONSULAR DISTRICT OF PAKHOI (London: Harrison and Sons for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1887).

-- Formosa Phoenix --
(Ff193-197) Letters from George Phillips, HM Consul in Taiwan, regarding sending specimens of Phoenix farinifera [Phoenix pusilla] to Kew falsely thought to be Cycas specimens.

-- Chamaerops excelsa par M J Gay --
(Ff198-209) Includes:

- LE CHAMAEROPS EXCELSA (THUNB.) SA PATRIE, LE CLIMAT QUI LUI CONVIENT, SON INTRODUCTION DANS L'EUROPE OCCIDENTALE, LES CHANCES QU'IL A D'Y ETRE NATURALISÉ, SON FIBRILLITIUM, LES USAGES ECONOMIQUES AUXQUELS IL PEUT SERVIR (1861).

-- Matting --
(Ff210-244) Papers including letters from Cooper, Hance, and E Bretschneider, with sample (f230) [?of palm fibres from Chamaerops fortunei [Trachycarpus fortunei] or Caryota] and seed specimens. Includes:

- H F Hance, ON THE SOURCES OF THE "CHINA MATTING" OF COMMERCE (1879)

- H F Hance, ON A NEW CHINESE CARYOTA (1879)

- STRAW MATTING FROM CHINA AND JAPAN [with illustrations].

-- Paper: Broussonetia [papyrifera] --
(Ff251-255) Papers regarding paper making in 'Corea' [Korea].

-- Paper: Khotanese --
(Ff245-250) Papers regarding method of making 'old Turkestan Paper'.
Date1861-11 Jan 1904
SubjectBotanical specimens
Medicinal plants
Commercial products
Indigo
Pueraria
Paper industry
Jute plant
Hemp
Matting
FormatManuscript papers
Typescript
Published documents
Press cuttings
Illustration
Specimen
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/89Hooker; Sir; Joseph Dalton (1817-1911); Knight; Botanist and second director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew1817-1911
DS/UK/292Hooker; Sir; William Jackson (1785-1865); Knight; botanist1785-1865
DS/UK/90Thiselton-Dyer; Sir; William (1843-1928); Knight; British botanist and third director of Kew1843-1928
DS/UK/216Morris; Sir; Daniel (1844-1933); Knight; British botanist and horticulturalist1844-1933
DS/UK/318Stapf; Otto (1857-1933); Austrian botanist and taxonomist1857-1933
DS/UK/245Jackson; John Reader (1837-1920); Keeper of Kew Museums1837-1920
DS/UK/91Hemsley; William Botting (1843-1924); English botanist1843-1924
DS/UK/321United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; Foreign Office; 1782-19681782-1968
DS/UK/460The London Office of the Inspectorate General of Chinese Maritime Customs; 1874-19481874-1948
DS/UK/461Philips; George (1836-1896)1836-1896
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