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- Paris 1808, Imperiale. Four vol. set,3 vols. text, bound in full contemporary leather, folio atlas bound in original red boards, chronology itinerary, indices 439+476+488 very clean crisp set, complete, gold stamped leather, marbled end paper Text volumes are 12 x 20 cm., folio 28 x 45 cm., in original boards, corners & spine a bit bumped, contents exceptionally bright & clean with tissue guard protector sheets over the 97 fine copper engravings of views, maps, plans and designs. * The four large etched maps fold out to a grand size, deckle edge. The atlas shows a wide variety of some 92 different and fine views of the Chinese and great sights in China. Some include architectural monuments, festivals and processions, soldiers, junks, tombs, Chinese costumes, palanquins, villages, women's costumes, pagodas, Chinese musicians & a host of others. * With maps of the author's route, plan of Macao & another of Macao & Canton river area, map of the Philippines & Manila. De Guignes was resident de France a la China, attaché au Ministre des Relations exterieures, correspondent de la premiere et de la troisieme classe de l'institut. * This primary resource has always been coveted as on of the best resources for China just after Staunton. A fine example of the best printing & illustrating techniques of the time. Lucid commentary on the life and customs of the Chinese and a faithful record of what he saw, who he met and his experiences. China had barely been "opened" in 1797 when De Guignes arrived and conducted his diplomatic efforts on behalf of the French. * In every way, this is the first official record of the French in China as they began to open diplomatic channels. A fabulous and wonderfully illustrated historic record of this momentous event. *** BIBLIOGRAPHY: H. Cordier: SINICA 2351 * COX, Edward G.; A REFERENCE GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE OF TRAVEL,P.346. * Hill 733 * Pardo de Tavera 1287 * E X C E P T I O N A L L Y R A R E ! ***
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