London, South Kensington
10 March 1995
[DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. History of China, London: 1741], 2°, 63 folding engraved plates and maps by d'Anville and others, mounted on guards throughout (lacking text, a few plates torn, creased and stained), bound in contemporary boards (worn). Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return.
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