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The Costume of China, Illustrated by Sixty Engravings: with Explanations in English and French. Together in One Volume With: The Punishments of China Illustrated by Twenty-Two with Explanations in English and French
London.: W. Miller.. 1800and 1808.. 82 full page hand-coloured stipple engravings in total. The Costume of China: 60 plates. 22 plates. Title pages and prefaces in English and French for both works, one leaf of text for each plate, recto in English, verso in French, bound in 19th century half leather, marbled paper covered boards, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. As is frequently case with copies of this work, the date of the title page and watermarks on some other leaves are at variance. (See Abbey 533 for more information). This copy contains a number of leaves bearing watermarked dates from 1796 to 1817. Some offsetting of plates onto text opposite, frontispiece a little foxed but otherwise the plates are in very good condition with only some occasional spotting. Binding is worn in places particularly at corners, recased, decorative gilt leather backstrip laid down. Quarto. This beautiful volume contains two separately published works that caught the imagination of early 19th century Europe. The 82 handsome engravings are of course one of the reasons these books have been much admired over many years however the accompanying text is also surprisingly detailed and offers an insight into how China and Chinese people were to be viewed for many decades to come. The plates depict both the occupations of the people of China and the punishments meted out to those who transgressed. The original detailed pen and wash illustrations by Pu Qua were commissioned in Guangzhou by Major Mason while was spending some months sick leave at the British Factory. Cordier 1858. Abbey 533. Tooley (English Books with Coloured Plates) 320. .
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