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THE PELICANUS SINENSIS, OR FISHING CORVORANT OF CHINA. Plate 37 from the folio atlas of Staunton's An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China.

S. Edwards, del. / W. Skelton, sculp.

Published by G. Nicol London, 1796
From J. R. Young (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

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Copperplate engraving 'London. Published April 12 1796 by G. Nicol': large near-profile portrait of cormorant standing with wings folded at water's edge, background of sky & clouds above hilly wooded landscape in which a number of buildings & structures. Sheet size 430x590mm (17"x23¼"); plate size 305x360mm (12"x14") within which title, publishing details and names of artist and engraver in lower margin, and plate number in margin at upper right-hand corner; image size 245x310mm (9½"x12¼"). Image with unobtrusive curved crease about 50mm (2") long in sky area just above subject, and a few small and very minor fox-spots in sky area at upper left. With minor flaws well outside of plate mark: sheet edges very faintly toned and/or faintly spotted, with faint dampstain of height up to 9mm (just over ¼") extending 35mm (just over 1¼") along lower edge; upper right-hand corner with crease of length 60mm (just over 2¼") making acute angle with upper edge, upper left-hand corner with short & light creases and slight loss. A late-18th century engraving of an unusual subject, clean and in VERY GOOD+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 15679

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Publisher: G. Nicol London

Publication Date: 1796

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