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Journal of a Voyage in 1811 and 1812 to Madras and China, returning by the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena
An important iconographic testimony of China and South East Asia. 1814. London. J. Nichols. In 4to. 2 ff. + v-xx + 246 + 2 ff. + 24 plates. Contemporary calf, boards blind stamped, lettered in gilt, rubbed and scuffed, rebacked preserving original spine. Generally a very good copy, offsetting to leaves facing plates as often, some foxing, tear to index leaf and a short repaired tear to a plate, generally fine. First edition. A finely illustrated work, it includes 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates after the author, showing landscapes, costumes, city views and port-scenes from the places visited. Amongst others, there are views of India (7), Malay, Singapore and Indonesia (6), including two of Malacca, China (9) and Saint Helena (2). China is very well represented as well as the Malay Archipelago. Wathen (c.1751 ? 1828) was a British merchant and traveller, in 1811 he embarked with Prendergast aboard the Hope on a voyage to India and China, visiting several places in the region; during this voyage he would create the drawings after which these plates are taken. Wathen?s account of his journey through Asia and Africa is lively and interesting, he was a talented draughtsman, apparently completing up to 20 drawings a day; it is evident he would choose only the best to illustrated his journal. Provenance: ownership inscription "Rich. Barnett... 1815). Abbey, Travel, 517. Cordier, BS, 210.
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