London: Howlett & Brimmer, 1824. Hardbound. 3/4 leather with original marbled paper-covered boards. Vol. 1: vi, 128 pp., 20 color plates. Vol. 2: ii, 124 pp., 21 colored plates; Vol. 3: ii, 135 pp., 19 colored plates; Vol. 4: ii, 160 pp. 20 colored plates. Fair only. Sold as a reference set only. All plates have a perforation stamp on them, and all plates are vividly colored. Bindings poor because of spine tape, library bookplates inside each volume at front. and rear. Solid, but flawed. Item #165830
A wonderful and rare title, presented here in its original four volumes,. complete. With 4 half-titles,; 4 engraved, hand-coloured frontispieces included within the 80 colored plates in total. Volume I states: "To the Deputations from the Various Outports, and Mercantile and Manufacturing Towns of the United Kingdom, Assembled in London to Oppose the Renewal of the East India Company's Commercial Monopoly, with the warmest wishes for their success in effecting and object so essential to the commercial, manufacturing, and trading interests of the British Empire, This Work, as a tribute to their collective, and individual, meritorious exertions, is respectfully inscribed." A beautiful view into the history of dress, the arts, and more of China. Scarce.
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