15 July 2005,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 3,600
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
Isidore Stanislas Henri Helman (1743-1806)
Faits Mémorables des Empereurs de la Chine
24 engraved plates, published Paris: chez l'Auteur and M. Ponce,  unframed
S. 17 x 23¼in. (43.2 x 59cm.)
This series of engravings, which illustrate the memorable acts of the emperors of China, are after the original Chinese drawings (according to Cohen/De Ricci, by P. Jésuite Attiret), held in the Cabinet du Roi. Large plates were engraved on the orders of the Emperor, and distributed only in China. Only a few rare proofs remained in Europe, and it was after these that Helman engraved these reduced versions.
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