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- Travels in China. London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804
- Printed Book
FIRST EDITION, 4to (265 x 205mm.), hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, 7 aquatint or engraved plates (5 hand-coloured, 2 double-page), modern half-morocco over marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt with raised bands and green morocco onlays, marbled edges and endpapers, scattered spotting and browning
Hill (2004) 62; Abbey, Travel 531; Löwendahl 724; Western Travellers in China 50
"One of the best illustrated English travels to China" (Hill). "The work contains navigations on the Yellow Sea, the Pei-ho River, Journey through the capital, the Imperial Palace and gardens. It draws a sketch of the state of society, the manners and customs, the civil and moral character of the people, the language, literature and fine arts, the sciences and civil institutions, the religious worship and opinions, the amusements of the courts, reception of Ambassadors, character and private life of the Emperor, women, eunuchs, etc." (Western Travellers in China).