SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Travels in China, containing descriptions, observations and comparisons made and collected in the course of a short residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen and a subsequent journey through the country from Pekin to Canton... 2nd ed

London: Cadell and Davies, 1806.
Abbey 531; Cordier 2388; Tooley 84; Bobins I 279.
London: Cadell and Davies, 1806.

4to. X 1 l. 632 pp. one hand-coloured engraved portrait as a frontispiece and 7 engraved plates of which 4 are hand-coloured. Contemporary full calf with decorative gilt to spine, gilt borders to boards, Black title label to spine, marbled endpapers. The second edition of this very popular work on China. With the small armorial bookplate of I. (or J.) M. de Reck tipped in on front paste-down. Slightly foxed throughout and most plates are a little toned, however, still a good copy in an attractive binding with some minor expert restorations. Barrow was in the suite of the Earl of Macartney's embassy of 1792 to the Emperor of China. Barrow was created a Baronet in 1835. Editions of this work appeared in French in 1805, German in 1805, in Dutch in 1807-09. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Portrait of Van - ta - gin. 2. A Foreign Trader / A Rice Mill. 3. A Chinese / A Hottentot. 4. View in the Eastern side of the Imperial Park at Gehol. 5. A Village and Cottages / Dwelling of a Mandarin of Officer of State.