9 December 2009
BARROW, Sir John (1764-1848). Travels in China, containing descriptions, observations, and comparisons, made and collected in the course of a short residence at the imperial palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a subsequent journey through the country from Pekin to Canton. London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1804.
4o (262 x 216 mm). Hand-colored aquatint frontispiece by T. Medland after W. Alexander, 7 aquatint, stipple-engraved or line-engraved plates (4 hand-colored). (Some light browning and offsetting). Modern calf antique, spine gilt.
FIRST EDITION. "Barrow, like William Alexander, was in the suite of the Earl of Macartney's embassy of 1792 to the Emperor of China. The expedition provided the material for a number of interesting works on China, of which the above book and Alexander's The Costume of China... are notable examples" (Abbey). Abbey Travel 531; Lust 365; Tooley 84.
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