3 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
ELLIS, Henry (1777-1869). Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China. London: John Murray, 1817.
4o (268 x 215 mm). Etched portrait of Lord Amherst, 3 engraved maps (one folding), and 7 hand-colored aquatint plates (short tear to folding map, some occasional spotting and offsetting from maps to text). 19th-century calf (rebacked, joints split, front cover detached). Provenance: Sir Thomas Baring, Stratton Park (early stenciled library mark; Maria Gorr, Wilcott Manor (bookplate).
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 one's head nine times upon the ground). Abbey Travel 536; Cordier Sinica 2393; Tooley 208.
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