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Alexander, William

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  • The costume of China, illustrated in forty-eight coloured engravings. London: William Miller, 1805
  • Printed Book
FIRST EDITION, 4to (330 x 242mm.), hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, sepia aquatint additional title, 47 hand-coloured aquatint plates, some plates with tissue-guards, list of subscribers and index, half morocco over decorated boards, spine tooled in gilt with raised bands, gilt edges, half-title missing (as often), scattered spotting or soiling, offsetting in various degrees, spine slightly sunned


Pardo de Leygonier, book label


Abbey, Travel 534; Löwendahl 727; Western Travellers in China 51

Catalogue Note

"William Alexander (1767-1816), student of the Royal Academy, studied art under Pars, and subsequently Ibbetson... From 1792 to 1794 he accompanied Lord George Macartney's official embassy on behalf of the British government to Beijing, where he documented the visit and made drawings of the Chinese court... The plates depict various mandarins, tradesmen, royalty and all phases of Chinese society, fashion and costume" (Western Travellers in China).