9 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 1,875
Estimate USD 800 - USD 1,200
ELLIS, Sir Henry (1777-1869). Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China. London: John Murray, 1817.
4o (275 x 215 mm). Errata leaf. Etched portrait, 3 engraved maps (one folding), and 7 hand-colored aquatint plates (slight browning and staining to maps). Contemporary calf, gilt edges (rebacked).
FIRST EDITION of this entertaining account of Lord Amherst's embassy to the Chinese Emperor which ended in failure owing to Amherst's refusal to greet the Emperor with the traditional "kow-tow" (lying prone and banging the head nine times upon the ground). Abbey Travel 536; Cordier Sinica 2393; Tooley 208.
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