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VUES DE LA CHINE et de la TARTARIE
Paris, chez Nepveu, 1815.. Gravees en taille-douce par Simon, d'apres les dessins de W. Alexandre; Avec des explications traduites de l'anglais. VOLUME 2 ONLY of 2, 1815. French text, 12mo, 135 x 80 mm, 5½ x 3¼ inches, 26 folding black and white plates drawn by English artist William Alexander and engraved by S. Simon, 62 pages, bound in contemporary mottled calf, narrow gilt leaf border to covers, gilt bands to spine with gilt motif in compartments, 2 red morocco gilt lettered labels, marbled endpapers. Spine worn with some old amateur repairs with plain leather, hinges cracked but covers holding firmly, covers rubbed and scuffed, corners slightly worn, very slight offsetting from plates onto text, occasional very slight foxing, small chip to 1 text page margin, neatly repaired. Text block tight and firm. A good copy of a scarce book, Volume II only, in a worn binding. The plates mainly show views including buildings, pagodas, palaces, the Emperor's gardens and the Great Wall, 5 show ships and boats, 4 are plans (no costume plates). 2 or 3 pages of text accompany each illustration. William Alexander (1767-1816) was an artist, illustrator and engraver best known for his paintings of Chinese views, costumes and life and customs. In 1808, he was appointed the first keeper of the print room in the British Museum. One of his responsibilities was to draw the antiquities in the Museum’s collection and to supervise their engraving. Early in his career he accompanied Lord Macartney's embassy to visit the Chinese Emperor in Beijing (1792 to 1794) as junior draughtsman. He made numerous sketches during his stay, and on his return to England he made many watercolours and had engravings made and published some of his views and costumes (Views of the headlands, islands, etc., taken during a voyage to, and along the eastern coast of China, in the years 1792 & 1793 (1798), The Costumes of China (1805-1815, 2 volumes, 96 engravings), and a collection of etchings, Chinese Life (1798–1805). He made the drawings for the plates which accompany Sir George Staunton's official account of the embassy to Beijing and also the descriptive plates to Mr. Barrow's Travels in China, and Voyage to Cochin China. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, Volumes III-IV; Rene Colas, Costume et de la Mode, page 22; not in Brunet or Cox. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
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