SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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The Punishments of China.

London: William Miller, Old Bond Street, 1801.
London: William Miller, Old Bond Street, 1801.

Folio, 22 colour plates with explanations in English and French. Green morocco with elaborate and decorative floral design in gilt to board edges, tooled in blind; lettered in gilt to spine, also with gilt decorations to compartments, gilt fore-edges and inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, boards scuffed and worn at extremities, joints rubbed. Plates clean and bright, some offset to text. Bookplate to front pastedown. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. A Culprit before a Magistrate. 2. A Culprit conveyed to Prison. 3. A Culprit conducted to Trial. 4. An Offender undergoing the Bastinade. 5. Twisting a Man's Ears. 6. Punishment of the Swing. 7. Punishing a Boatman. 8. Punishing an Interpreter. 9. The Rack. 10. Torturing the Fingers. 11. Burning a Man's Eyes with Lime. 12. A Malefactor chained to an Iron Bar. 13. Punishment of the Wooden Collar. 14. A Man fastened to a Black of Wood. 15. A Malefactor in a Cage. 16. Punishment of a Wooden Tube. 17. Hamstringing a Malefactor. 18. Close Confinement. 19. Conducting an Offender into Banishment. 20. A Malefactor conducted to Execution. 21. The capital Punishment of the Cord. 22. The Manner of Beheading.