[Mason, George Henry]
700 - 1,000 GBP
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- The Punishments of China, Illustrated by Twenty-Two Engravings with Explanations in English and French. London: William Miller for W. Bulmer and Co., 1801
FIRST EDITION, large 4to (360 x 245mm.), title in English and French, 22 hand-coloured stipple-engravings, including frontispiece, by Dadley, each with a leaf of explanatory text in English and French, contemporary full red straight-grained morocco, tooled in gilt and blind, some offsetting from plates, a few plates trimmed at fore-edge, minor dampstaining to endpapers and foot of covers, spine lightly sunned
Sir Joseph Radcliffe, Bt., armorial bookplate
All Under Heaven 35; Löwendahl 715
"The punishments of China illustrates Europe's pronounced interest in the country's practices of punishments. Until Britain's victory in the First Opium War enabled European powers to wrest from China the right to try foreigners on its own soil, westerners trading with China worried about falling foul of Chinese law" (All Under Heaven). The punishments include acts such as beating, breaking fingers, crushing ankles, burning eyes with lime, strangling and beheading.