China, In a Series of Views, Displaying The Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits, of the Ancient Empire... With Historical and Descriptive Notices by the Rev. G.N. Wright. THOMAS ALLOM.

China, In a Series of Views, Displaying The Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits, of the Ancient Empire... With Historical and Descriptive Notices by the Rev. G.N. Wright.

London. Fisher. (circa1843). Stock ID #160454

4 volumes bound in 2. 4 engraved titles, 2 with vignettes, and 124 full page black and white engravings. Final plate volume IV Ancient Bridge Chapoo from the London Printing and Publishing Company edition. Volume I & II: 72 + 96 + 72pp. Volume III & IV: 68 + 56pp, index, occasional foxing. Both volumes recased in original full leather, decorative gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Binding has had some professional work including recolouring of leather where it has been worn or abraded. Some foxing on the plates mainly evident in the margins, damp stain on lower margin near the gutter of most leaves but not affecting the text or the images, neat pencilled numerals on the reverse of the plates, text generally very clean, engraved title Volume I heavily foxed. 28 x 21.5cm. Probably the most popular work on China published in the 19th century this well illustrated work was issued in a number of editions in England, the United States, France and Germany. Interestingly neither the author Reverend Wright nor illustrator Thomas Allom ever visited China. The Reverend Wright made extensive use of the resources of the British Library to write the extensive text, drawing on earlier European accounts of China, while the prolific illustrator of topographical picture books of the time, Thomas Allom (1804-1872) contributed the illustrations which bear striking similarities to earlier views of China including some by William Alexander. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160454).

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