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(ALLOM, Thomas, illus ) WRIGHT, George Newenham
China,
London: Fisher, Son, & Co.,, [1843]. in a series of views, displaying the scenery, architecture, and social habits, of that ancient empire. Drawn, from original and authentic sketches, by Thomas Allom. With historical and descriptive notices. 4 volumes in 2, quarto in half-sheets (265 x 190 mm). Contemporary ?Irish olive-green full morocco, spines gilt in compartments with triple-fillet and foliate borders, titles to second and fourth and floral centrepieces to remaining compartments gilt, similar rolled borders gilt to covers, all edges gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, surface-paper endpapers. 4 steel-engraved vignette title-pages and 124 similar plates after Thomas Allon. Spines sunned to tan, corners very lightly bumped and rubbed, a few small scuffs and marks to covers, upper outer corner of front board vol. 1 lightly abraded, inner hinges sometime reinforced with marbled paper, foxing to vol. 1 prelims, a few occasional spots to plates, short closed tear to top edge of vol. 1 sig. C2, the text spared. A very good copy with strong impressions of the plates. First edition of "the best-known nineteenth-century work" on China (ODNB). Published the year after the First Opium War ended, Allom's China is concerned mainly with areas of British interest in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macao, Canton and Hunan, though there are also many attractive views of Peking. Allom (1804-1872) originally trained as an architectural draughtsman at the Royal Academy Schools, but "it is upon about 1500 designs for albums of topographical steel-engravings that his more prominent and lastin … [Click Below for Full Description]
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