Ref NoMCR/4/2/3
Alt Ref NoMR/89
geographical classification 4.4
TitleChina: Economic Products
DescriptionManuscript and typescript letters and memorandums, printed documents, press cuttings, illustrations and specimens regarding economic products in China and Korea, including their cultivation, manufacture, trade, and the acquisition of samples for the Kew Museum. Includes letters to Joseph Hooker, Thiselton-Dyer and Morris, with letters and notes by Thiselton-Dyer, Morris, Jackson and Oliver. Includes correspondence with the Imperial Institute, Foreign Office, and consular officials, and letters from Hance. Folio numbers begin at f256, with this volume being an extension of MR/88.

Volume includes sections on the following subjects:

---- Camphor ----
(Ff256-274) Includes:

- THE CAMPHOR TRADE (1896).

-- Ngai camphor --
(Ff275-299) Papers including letters by Augustine Henry and M Fraser [HM Consul, Pakhoi]. Includes:

- D Oliver (ed.), 'Blumea balsamifera', HOOKER'S ICONES PLANTARUM (1891)

- AI CAMPHOR (1895).

---- Varnish ----
(Ff300-307) Comprises:

- THE CREMONA PIANOFORTE (1887).

-- Rhus verniciflua [Toxicodendron vernicifluum] --
(Ff308-311)

-- Aleurites cordata [Vernicia cordata] [Chinese varnish tree] --
(Ff312-339) Includes:

- THE CHINESE OIL TREE (1897).

-- Eucommia --
(Ff340-345).

---- [?Talo [Tallow]] ----
-- Stillingia sebifera [Triadica sebifera] --
(F346).

---- Soaps ----

-- [?ningpo] soap --
(Ff347-349) Papers regarding gleditsia sinensis, and use in resucitating drowning people.

-- Native soap --
(Ff350-360) Includes:

- ALKALI LANDS IN NORTH CHINA (1894).

---- Drugs ----

-- Musk seed --
(Ff361-362) Papers regarding Abutilon indicum.

-- Evodia glauca [?Euodia glauca]--
(Ff363-365).

-- Ginseng --
(Ff366-373).

-- Star anise --
(Ff374-388)With letter from Charles Ford [Hong Kong Botanic Garden]. Includes:

- J D Hooker, 'Illicium', CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE (1888) [with illustration].

---- Dyes ----

-- Lam yip --
(F389) Newspaper cutting regarding 'Chinese Blue Dye'.

-- Shu lang --
(Ff390-392) Papers regarding Dioscorea rhipogonoides [Dioscorea cirrhosa].

-- Sophora [Erodia] --
(Ff393-401) Includes:

- J J Hummel, A G Perkin, THE TINCTORIAL PROPERTIES OF SOME INDIAN DYESTUFFS. - PART II (1895).

-- Gelsemium elegans --
(Ff402-409) Includes colour illustration.

-- Vigna Catiang --
(MCR/4/2/3, ff185-192) Papers regarding yellow beans used in dying native cloth, identified by Kew as 'Vigna sinensis or Vigna Catiang'. For this section, see MCR/4/2/2.

---- Tea ----
(Ff410-418).

-- Formosa --
(F416).

-- Log Tea --
(F417).

-- Jasmine --
(F418).

---- Tobacco ----
(F419).

---- Silk gut ----
(Ff420-450) Papers regarding liquid amber silkworm gut. Includes sample.

---- Curiosities ----

-- Polyporus lucidus [Ganoderma lucidum]--
(Ff451-454).

-- Tea root carving and Carved fruit stones --
(Ff455-474) Includes:

- 'Chinese Curios', CONSULAR REPORTS ON COMMERCE, MANUFACTURES, ETC. (1892).
Date11 Mar 1867-14 May 1904
SubjectCommercial products
Botany, Economic
Drugs
Soap
Tallow
Tung tree
Camphor
Varnish and Varnishing
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/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/245Jackson; John Reader (1837-1920); Keeper of Kew Museums1837-1920
DS/UK/170Great Britain; Imperial Institute; 1888-19581888-1958
DS/UK/321United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; Foreign Office; 1782-19681782-1968
DS/UK/466Hance; Henry Fletcher (1827-1886)1827-1886
DS/UK/451Oliver; Daniel (1830-1916); English botanist1830-1916
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