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  1. First edition. 2 volumes, folio. limited edition to 500 copies. 172 large collotype plates with tissue guards including three folding panoramas. Original embroidered silk portfolio in cardboard boxes (worn with old repairs). Minor rubbing to edges of portfolio, but overall a very good copy. Separate volume of text in English and Japanese in original cream wrappers.

    £26,000
  2. Second edition, 'mise en un meilleur ordre', 4 parts in 2 vols; folio (35 x 27.5 cm); introduction by Bazin, 179 of 181 hand-coloured lithographs (on 177 leaves), with four leaves of music and a hand-coloured vignette, engraved by Aubry-le-Comte, Deveria, Grévédon after drawings by père Castiglione, Pu-Qua and William Alexander (from Pittoresque representations of the dress and manners of the Chinese), Chambers, Dadley etc.,; quarter green morocco with blue marbled boards, spines in compartments with gilt and black morocco design, gilt title to second, some plates with minor stains, edges bumped, a fine copy.

    £11,500
  3. Second edition. 8vo ( 20 x 14 cm) ; pp. ix, (ii), 237, xii, adverts, numerous maps and plans, some folding, some coloured, large folding 'Plan of Peking' printed in colour in rear pocket with an extra map of Angkor inserted loose, publisher's addendum slip tipped in before title-page, pages 16-19 detached, ink inscription inside on front free endpaper ,; publisher's original decorated boards, lacks spine; overall a good copy.

    £450
  4. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, folding map hand-coloured in outline, publisher's advertisement leaf, wood-engraved text illustrations and full-page plan of Chusan harbour to volume II, volume I front free endpaper excised, folding map with 2-cm tear to inner fold affecting frame only, original purple cloth, gilt devices to front boards, spines sunned, sides slightly rubbed, a very good set.

    £750
  5. First edition. 8vo, xv, 336 pp., 16 pages ads dated September 1870 at end, wood-engraved frontispiece and 2 folding maps, original brown cloth gilt, covers decorated in black, a fine copy.

    £950
  6. 4 volumes bound in 2, 4to., engraved title-page to each volume, 124 finely engraved steel-plates after Allom. Contemporary green full morocco gilt, borders and decorative rolls gilt to covers, letters gilt to centre of upper cover, rebacked to style, spine in six compartments, brown morocco labels gilt with letters to second and fourth, raised bands, all edges gilt, occasional spotting, a very attractive set.

    £2,500
  7. 4 volumes bound in 2, 4to., engraved title-page to each volume, 124 finely engraved steel-plates after Allom. Contemporary aubergine full morocco gilt, borders and geometric designs gilt to covers, spine in five compartments, letters to second and fourth, others richly gilt, raised bands, all edges gilt. light spotting and damp staining, an attractively bound set.

    £2,500
  8. First English edition. 8vo ( 22 x 14.5 cms), xii, 297pp,31 photographic plates and a folding map, slightly frayed at edges, heavy spotting to the preliminaries, red library cloth gilt.

    £225
  9. 4 volumes, folio (42.6 x 27.8 cm). Title-pages printed in red and black. Engraved title vignettes by M. Baquoy after A. Humbolt, 4 engraved head-pieces after Humbolt, 65 engraved plates, the majority of these maps, many folding or double-page (a few with contemporary outline-colouring), by Delahaye, Desbrulins, and Fonbonne after Humblot, Lucas, Le Parmentier and others, engraved and woodcut initials, woodcut head-pieces. (first half title creased with paper flaw to lower outer corner, some occasional pale spotting or minor browning, minor marginal hole in Aaaaaa1.) Contemporary French mottled calf, sides with central gilt-stamped arms, spines in seven compartments with six raised bands, each with red and brown gilt-lettered lettering pieces in two compartments, gilt-decorated panels in the rest, small repairs to extremities, a very handsome set.

    £35,000
  10. Second edition in English. 8vo (8 x 15cm) [10], 102, [4]pp., small paper flaw to page 86/87 affecting a couple of letters, contemporary calf gilt, sometime rebacked, lettering piece, a very good copy.

    £2,750
 

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