拍品 170
  • 170

Thomson, John

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25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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描述

  • Illustrations of China and its People. A series of two hundred photographs, with letterpress descriptions of the places and people represented. London: Sampson Low, Marston Low, and Searle, 1873-1874
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FIRST EDITIONS of volumes 1, 3 and 4, second edition of volume 2, 4 volumes, folio (470 x 345mm.), 96 plates of photographic illustrations, interleaved with text and guards (some captioned), publisher’s maroon morocco-grain cloth, covers with large pictorial designs and lettered in gilt, bevelled edges, gilt edges, a few small tears, minor scattered staining, light wear to binding, expertly rebacked

來源

Library numbers on verso of titles and margins of a few plates; Joseph M. Gleason (1869-1942), bookplate

出版

Western Travellers in China 91

拍品資料及來源

"John Thomson (1837-1921), a pioneering Scottish geographer and traveller, was the first known photographer to document the people and landscape of China for publication and dissemination to the Western world. Between 1868 and 1872 he travelled over 6,500 kilometres with his cumbersome camera and equipment, darkroom and chemicals capturing all aspects of Chinese life. The photographs in these four volumes show the many sides of China: sweeping landscapes, royalty and ruling classes, merchants and economic activity, everyday life, and the faces of men, women and children. In a time when knowledge was derived from observation and classification it should not seem odd that Thomson desired a recognition not from the quality of his photographs, but from his contributions to general knowledge" (Western Travellers in China). 
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