5 April 2016
ALLOM, Thomas (1804-1872), illustrator. -- PELLÉ, Clément. L'Empire Chinois avec des descriptions des moeurs, des coutumes, de l'architecture, de l'industrie . du peuple chinois. London and Paris: Fisher, Fils, et Cie., .
Four volumes, 4° (278 x 210 mm). Four steel-engraved title pages and 124 engraved plates, with original tissue guards. Publisher's half dark blue morocco gilt, blind-stamped decorative cloth.
FIRST FRENCH EDITION, richly illustrated with the plates from the English edition. A renowned architect in his day, Thomas Allom is now most often remembered as a topographical illustrator, particularly for his detailed illustrations of China and Istanbul which were well-suited to the popular steel engraving process. His images of China, some based on drawings from Staunton's collection, captured the popular imagination giving not only a glimpse of the country but also the private lives of the people: dinner with a Mandarin, the private gardens of the Emperor, a cap merchant, cat sellers etc. Cordier Sinica I, 80-81; cf. Lipperheide Le31; Lust 363. A FINE SET.
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