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An authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China : including cursory Observations made, and Information obtained, in travelling through that ancient Empire, and a small part of Chinese Tartary. Together with a Relation of the Voyage undertaken on the Occasion of His Majesty?s Ship the Lion, and the Ship Hindostan, in the East India Company?s Service, to the Yellow Sea and Gulf of Pekin, as well as of their Return to Europe, with Notices of the several Places where they stopped in their Way out and home, being the Islands of Madeira, Teneriffe, and St. Jago, the Port of Rio de Janeiro in South America, the Islands of St. Helena, Tristan d?Acunha, and Amsterdam, the Coast of Java, and Sumatra, the Nanka Isles, Pule Condore, and Cochin-China. Taken chiefly from the Papers of his Excellency the Earl of Macartney, Kinght of the Bath, his Majesty's Embassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of China, Sir Erasmus Gower, Commander of the Expedition, and of other Gentemen in the several Departments of the Embassy ...
London: by W. Bulmer and Co. for G. Nicol ... : 1797. : 2 text volumes, 4to (284 í- 211 mm) and 1 atlas volume, folio (430 í- 577 mm), [text vols:] pp. [2], xxxiv, 518; xx, 626 engraved portrait frontispiece to each, 1 plate and 26 vignettes to text (after William Alexander and others) the leaves with vignettes on a finer paper-stock; atlas with 44 engraved views, plans, plates and maps and charts, including large folding world map, 3 natural history subjects and 25 views. Very light browning to text volumes, the atlas exceptionally clean and fresh. Atlas volume in contemporary half morocco, gilt, rubbed, with some further wear to edges, spine label renewed, text volumes recently rebound to match, gilt panelled spines with black morocco labels. Bookplates of Matthew Wilson and Frances Mary Richardson Currer. : First edition. ?In 1792 Staunton was appointed principal secretary to Lord Macartney's embassy to China (and provisionally minister-plenipotentiary in the event of his death). The embassy sought to improve commercial relations with China, through Canton (Guangzhou), and to establish regular diplomatic relations between the two countries. Though Macartney and Staunton had an audience with the emperor their proposals were rebuffed. Macartney kept a detailed journal of his embassy, while in 1797 Staunton published his own, well-known account of this unsuccessful mission, which was later translated into French and German. While at Rio de Janeiro, on the voyage out, Macartney wrote in his diary that ?Staunton, whose curiosity and activity are seldom repressed by difficulty or fatigue thought of little else than visiting ... the highest pinnacle of the mountain?. In China he closely observed and noted all that he saw, and during expeditions he was able to collect botanical specimens. His son, George Thomas, then just twelve years old, accompanied him to China as page to Lord Macartney, and was the only member of the mission who bothered to learn Chinese? (Oxford DNB).
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