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Ten Celebratory Acquisitions

In celebration of the University Centenary, the Libraries has set aside one million dollars from its endowment fund income for the acquisition of ten special titles to commemorate the occasion. The Libraries will showcase the ten titles at the Centenary Anniversay Conference which is to be held on 8 November 2012.

Faculty of Architecture

Journal of a Voyage in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China


Journal of a voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China : returning by the cape of Good Hope and St. Helena

Wathen, James, 1751?-1828.

London : J. Nichols, Son, and Bentley [etc.], 1814.

xx, 246 p. : front., plates ; 29 x 23 cm.

This book is James Wathen's report of his experiences and encounters on his voyage to India, China, Ceylon, Macao, Singapore in 1811 and 1812. This early travel journal started when the ship set off from Gravesend to India and China in January 1811, and included Wathen's commentaries and illustrations on the botany, food and cultures experienced during the voyage. This collectible item was chosen for its regional significance and rarity.

Faculty of Arts



Encyclopédie : ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers

Edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert.

Troisieme edition, Geneve : J.L. Pellet, 1778-79.

36 v. : fronts. (ports.) fold. tables ; 27 cm. + 3 v. plates

The Encyclopédie, edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert, is a monumental work of Western civilization representing the thought of the Enlightenment.  Published in France between 1751 and 1772, with subsequent supplements, editions and translations, this was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from named contributors with lavish attention on the mechanical arts.  The set acquired is the third edition published in Geneva in 1778-79, comprising 36 volumes of texts and 3 volumes of illustrations. 

Faculty of Business & Economics

Milton Friedman's manuscript


[First draft of Mont Pelerin Paper. Session title: Monetary problems and policy. Paper title: How stands the theory & practice of monetary today]

Friedman, Milton, 1912-2006


2 leaves ; 29 cm.

This signed manuscript is Friedman’s heavily revised initial draft of the first two pages of his address to the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization of economists and intellectuals promoting classical liberalism, at its twenty-second meeting held in Hong Kong on September 8, 1978. Friedman was the Nobel Prize winner in Economics in 1976, and regarded as one of the most influential monetarism proponents in the 20th century.

Principles of political economy  

Principles of political economy : considered with a view to their practical application

Malthus, T. R. (Thomas Robert), 1766-1834. 

London : John Murray, 1820.

vi, 601, [1] p.; 22 cm.

This is the first edition of Malthus’s important classic of economic theory, proposing investment in public work and private luxury as possible means to increase demand and to palliate the economic downswing. Malthus is one of the leading political economists and his work can be said to have anticipated the Keynesian economics made by John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s.

Faculty of Dentistry

A Natural history of the human teeth

The natural history of the human teeth : explaining their structure, use, formation, growth, and diseases

Hunter, John, 1728-1793.

London : Printed for J. Johnson, 1771.

[4], 128 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. ; 27 cm.

This classic on the history of dentistry is a first edition. Hunter correctly described the growth and development of the jaws and their relation to the muscles of mastication, and was the first to recommend complete removal of the pulp in filling teeth. The work consists of a detailed study of the mouth, jaws and teeth, and includes a number of finely illustrated plates.  Hunter revolutionized the practice of dentistry and provided a basis for later dental research.

Faculty of Education

International encyclopedia of education


International encyclopedia of education [electronic resource]

Editors-in-Chief: Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, and Barry McGaw

3rd ed. Oxford : Elsevier, 2010

1 online resource (8 v.) : ill. (some col.)

The Third Edition of this reference work encompasses over 1,350 articles across 24 individual areas of coverage, including technology and learning, demography and social change, globalization, and adult learning, to name a few.  The wide coverage makes it an invaluable source of information for scholars and students inside and outside the discipline.

Faculty of Engineering

Y.K. Cheung Symposium


Y. K. Cheung Symposium. Proceedings and messages

Edited by P.K.K. Lee and L.G. Tham.

Hong Kong : The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, 1994.

This volume of proceedings contains 11 invited papers including 3 keynote papers contributed by world renowned specialists in the field of computational mechanics.  The proceedings also include a collection of congratulatory messages, letters, poems, and calligraphy from well-known society leaders and prominent academics and engineers all over the world to pay their tributes to Professor Y.K. Cheung, who served as Head of Civil Engineering from 1977 and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1988-98 at the University of Hong Kong.

Faculty of Law

Cambridge Books Online Mirrors of Justice Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates The Nature of Supreme Court Power International Economic Law and National Autonomy Legal Principles in WTO Disputes Law and the Humanities The Role of Domestic Courts in Treaty Enforcement Fairness in International Climate Change Law and Policy The International Law on Foreign Investment

Cambridge Books Online (Law Collection) 101 titles [electronic resource]

Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press.

Cambridge Books Online offers access to eBooks covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.  In celebration of the centenary acquisition, 101 titles have been selected from the subject of law, focusing on constitutional law, international law, human rights, competition law, European Union law and many other legal topics.  This valuable resource ranges from recent publications to imprints dating back to the past decade.

Faculty of Medicine

Anatomical Exercitations


Anatomical exercitations, concerning the generation of living creatures : to which are added particular discourses, of births, and of conceptions, &c.

Harvey, William, 1578-1657.

London : Printed by James Young, for Octavian Pulleyn, 1653.

[46], 566, [i.e. 556], [1] p. ; 17 cm.

This classic work on embryology by Harvey is recognized as the most important work on the subject in the seventeenth-century.  The large collection of observations on diverse subjects demonstrates Harvey's wide knowledge of the existing literature. The chapter on midwifery is the first work on the subject to be written by an Englishman.

Faculty of Science

Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle

Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle : between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe.

London : Henry Colburn, 1839.

4 v. : ill., maps, plates ; 24 cm.

This early 19th century work recounts the voyages of the British ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836. The period was the most important years in Darwin’s intellectual life as they laid the groundwork for many of his later works, including The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.  The information gathered on these expeditions might be considered a precursor to modern oceanography.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Photo albums of Hong Kong, Kowllon ...  

[Photo albums of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Japan, Macau, Canton, Hanchow, Swatow, Saigon, Angkor Vat, Philippines, Siam, 1915-1929].

Krenz, Kenneth.


2 albums (v. 2 & 3) : b&w ; 27 x 22 x 3 cm.

A collection of 540 black and white photographs, taken from 1915 through 1929 by Kenneth Krenz, documents the journeys he made throughout Hong Kong, New Territories, Canton, Amoy, Swatow, Macau, and Hangchow while he served as an American diplomat in Hong Kong from 1926.  The photographs also depict early colonial life in Hong Kong, such as the historic arrival of Admiral Bristol in Hong Kong in 1928 and the Canton Red Uprising in 1928.

The Centenary Anniversary Conference and Celebrations are proudly sponsored by

Sir Kenneth Fung Ping Fan Foundation Trust I

Dr and Mrs Fung Ping Kan
Mr Kenneth Fung Hing Cheung


CasalinichaoxingCambridge University Press


OCLCSwets John Wiley & Sons


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