5 April 2016
BRETON DE LA MARTINIERE, Jean Baptiste Joseph (1777-1852). La Chine en Miniature, au Choix de Costumes, Arts et Métiers de cet Empire. Paris: Nepveu, 1811.
4 volumes, 12° (133 X 80 mm). 4 hand-colored engraved frontispieces and 76 plates. (Some minor occasional spotting.) Contemporary French calf gilt, spines gilt-stamped in compartments with figures (extremities rubbed); cloth and board slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. 2 further volumes of the work were published in 1812. However, as Colas states, "Les quatres premiers volumes forment un ensemble complet." The title-pages call for a total of only 74 plates.
Brunet II, 1225; Colas 433; Cordier Sinica I, 64; Lipperheide 1524; Quérard, vol. I, p. 505; see Lust 1243 (English ed., 1812).
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