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Lot 254: (CHINA.) Album of 45 mounted trade watercolor drawings on pith paper,

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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  • (CHINA.) Album of 45 mounted trade watercolor drawings on pith paper,
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Description: (CHINA.) Album of 45 mounted trade watercolor drawings on pith paper, representing botanical subjects, fish, processional costume and props, opium consumption and acts of corporal punishment. 4to, 12 3/4x11 inches, full contemporary green crushed morocco, spine in six compartments with gilt with floral devices, black morocco lettering piece, inlaid gilt morocco doublures incorporating a white iris motif, silk moire endpapers, upper cover detached, extremities lightly rubbed; first few mounts very slightly dampstained, few images with minimal cracking or scuffing, two images with small loss and reinstatement, some with moderate to heavy spotting. [China, late 19th century]

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