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ALLOM, Thomas.

China:

in a series of views displaying the scenery, architecture, and social habits of that ancient empire.

Stock Code
92539
London, Fisher, Son, & Co., 1843
£2,500

Thomas Allom (1804-1872) the noted topographical artist, at a time of increased interest in China, presented the Western world with the most complete portrait of China and Chinese culture up to the middle of the nineteenth century. The engravings show architecture and scenic views, mainly of the South-East (Hong Kong, Canto, Macao, Nanjing, and Shanghai) but also include several images of Peking and Yehol. As well as his own observations, Allom includes some images based on the work of earlier artists such as Lieutenant Frederick White, R.M., Captain Stoddart, R.N. and R. Vaughan.

The text was by George Wright, a protestant missionary who had spent a considerable time in China.


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Description

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.

Bibliography

Cordier 80-81; Lust 363; Lowendahl 986.

Stock ID:92539

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