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Travels in China, containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-min- yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey Through the Country from Pekin to Canton. In which it is
London. Printed by A. Strahan. for T. Cadell. 1804. 4to, 26.2cm, The First Edition, ix,[3],632p., (inc. errata), index, with 8 engraved plates: colour front portrait (Van-ta-gin); colour plate (2 views); colour plate (portraits of a Chinese & Hottentot); colour plate (view Imperial Park); 3 engraved plates (2 double page; Artillery, Musical Instruments & Arch bridge); colour plates (2 images, Chinese Village & Mandaria’s Dwelling, text and character illustrations. The five hand-coloured aquatints are after William Alexander ~ bound in contemporary full tan calf rebacked, gilt decorated raised bands, full gilt border and centre panel decorations, crushed crimson morocco label, original diced calf boards, bookplate, some occasional foxing noticeable on the un-coloured plates, board edges have some heavy wear but a very good attractive copy of a desirable book. (cgc) Abbey Travel 531, Tooley 84, Hill 62. Barrow accompanied Macartney's mission to the court of China in 1792 as his private secretary. The present account of the country is one of the best illustrated English travels on China. The eight plates are from drawings by William Alexander who accompanied the embassy and later published his own work. The strict exclusion of Europeans by the Chinese Emperors had left China very much terra incognita to the western world well into the nineteenth century. Barrow was an excellent observer, and the text contains a number of descriptions of Chinese artefacts and novelties. Among these is a plate of musical instruments, extensive renditions of Chinese melodies into western notation, and a long description, with illustration of the abacus. (Hill).. 1st Edition. Hardcover.
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