Liverpool University Press, 1st.ed., 1967. Xv + 224 pp., frontis + 16 other photo-plates & map e.p’s. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. A study of the life and work of John Samuel Swire and the impact of his ideas on the management of Far Eastern trade and shipping. The authors examine the role he played in the organization of John Swire & Sons and in the foundation of Butterfield and Swire, the China Navigation Company, and the Taikoo Sugar Refinery. Swire had a profound influence on British trade with the Far East and it was due to his wisdom and foresight that a workable system of freight agreements through Shipping Conferences were found – the Far Eastern Freight Conference being the oldest in the world. John Swire came from a line of Yorkshire landowners and businessmen and came to Liverpool in 1812 to work in his cousin’s office. Liverpool at this period was expanding and was a place of great activity and opportunity. He was soon an important part of Liverpool’s growing influential society and married into a local shipowning family. This book follows his remarkable career and analyses the wider prospects of Far Eastern business, shipping and trading relationships.