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Chinese Architecture - HONG KONG - CANTON - ARCHITECTURE) - 1853. 
Thomas Richards for the Architectural Publications Society. London. 21st. February, 1853. - Eighteen page article and six plates (four are color lithographs and two are black and white lithographs. All of the plates have been taped along the left edge, in three instances just entering the image. Chipping to right corners of sheets well outside images. The images are clean, and the color superb. The article, published by the Architectural Publications Society in a volume of diverse articles from the years between 1848 and 1852, is a compendium of knowledge to date on Chinese Architecture, illustrated by and with additions from "Mr. Edward Ashworth, architect, of Exeter," who, "having been resident in China for nearly two years, has supplied from his note-book the original and chief portion of this paper, with the accompanying illustrations." Topics covered include Brickwork, Marble, Houses, Gardens, Palace, Temples, Towers, Bridges. The works quoted from are listed at the end of the article. Of particular interest are the fascinating and handsome lithographs after sketches by Ashworth. Plate 1: two halfpage lithographs: "Chinam's Hong, Victoria, Hong Kong (described in the description of plates as "the only good Chinese mansion existing at Victoria, Hong Kong, in 1845, when the picturesque screen was pulled down to give place to three shop frontages.") AND "Private Dwelling House CANTON." Plate 2: full page COLOR LITHOGRAPH: "Interior of Chinam's Hong - Victoria Hong Kong." Plate 3: three COLOR LITHOGRAPHS: "Miu Tong, Canton," "Part of a Tea Merchant's Dwelling House Canton," "Gable End of Temple, Macao." Plate 4: full page COLOR LITHOGRAPH: "Street Scene, Canton, near the Foreign Factories." Plate 5: full page COLOR LITHOGRAPH: "Chinese Stree, Macao." Plate 6: six small lithographic sketches of examples of warehouse roof construction in Canton: "Cloth Warehouse, Canton," "Warehouse, Canton," "Puncheon." Ashworth also wrote "How Chinese Workmen Built and English House," which was published in The Builder November 1, 1857. A scarce collection of exquisitely rendered images with informative text documenting many buildings no longer extant. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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