1836 1st Ed Chinese China Peking Rare Antique Leather Books Book Set Old Lot For Sale
The Chinese: A General Description of The Empire of China and Its Inhabitants.
The Empire of China
In Two Volumes.
Illustrated with Wood-cuts
Publication Date: 1836. First Edition.
Publisher: London: Charles Knight
Author: Davis, John Francis
Binding: Bound in 3/4 calf leather. Original bindings. Marbleized boards. Dark burgundy leather spine labels. Bright gilt double bands. Gilt remains bright. Bindings are solid. Volumes measure 7 5/8" x 4 3/4". All exterior edges of textblocks are marbleized to match. Non-decorative endpapers, with armorial Ex Libris plate of Lord Farnham on front pastedown.
Description: Complete in 2 volumes. Illustrated. Text remains white, crisp and clean. Minor foxing to endpapers, half-title, title. John Francis Davis, 1st Baronet KCB (1795 - 1890) was a British diplomat, Sinologist, and the 2nd Governor of Hong Kong. Davis was appointed as a writer in the East India Company's factory at Canton in 1813. Because of his linguistic abilities, he was chosen to accompany Lord Amherst to his embassy in Peking in 1816. On the return from the mission, Davis returned to his duties in the factory at Canton, and was promoted to president in 1832. He was appointed the joint commissioner in China together with Lord Napier in 1834. In 1844, he was appointed as the Governor of Hong Kong. Apparently he was a very unpopular Governor, due to his treatment of his subordinates & his introduction of various different taxes, he did however, introduce week-end racing during his tenure. - Sourced from Wikipedia This work contains descriptions of food, drink and costumes, bonsais, female Chinese feet, Buddhism and many other subjects.
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1836 1st Ed Chinese China Peking Rare Antique Leather Books Book Set Old Lot: $650