128,124,135,160 pages. 17 1/2 x 10 1/2 cm. Eighty hand-colored plates (stipple and line engravings). First published, Paris 1811 in four vols. with two additional volumes published the following year. This English edition presents the first four vols. only -- 4th edition of Vol I, 3,4; and 5th edition, Vol.II. First English edition, 1812. ABBEY TRAVEL 535. BRUNET Vol.I, p1126. COLAS 435. Bookplates, text and titles foxed, plates bright and clean, raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, double gilt cover border panels frame inner gilt vine and leaf motif. An elegantly bound set, text spotting aside. Contemporary, full straight-grained black morocco. Aeg. 4 volumes. Fine. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: China: Its Costume, Arts, Manufactures, &c. ...
Publisher: J.J. Stockdale
Publication Date: 1813
Book Description 1812, 1812. Pp. (iv), 128; (ii), 125; (ii), 135; (ii), 160. With 80 coloured engraved plates. (One plate restored in outer margin). Contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, rebacked to style, spine gilt in compartments with red title labels, lightly rubbed. Bookplate. First English edition, translated from the original French (Paris 1811-12). This work "originated in the activities of Bertin, secretary of State, 1762-80, who had responsibility for the Compagnie converts to take science courses in France. On return to China, they produced some 400 drawings of arts and crafts, thus moving outside the usual narrow missionary interests" (Lust). The charming plates mainly depict various artisans and vendors with their tools and products but some are devoted to costumes of emperors, ladies and soldiers. Abbey Travel 535. Colas 435. Cordier BS 65 (2nd ed.). Lust 1243. Bookseller Inventory # 100612