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Lot 253: (CHINA.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM; and MASON, GEORGE HENRY. The Costume of China

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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  • (CHINA.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM; and MASON, GEORGE HENRY. The Costume of China
  • (CHINA.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM; and MASON, GEORGE HENRY. The Costume of China
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Description: (CHINA.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM; and MASON, GEORGE HENRY. The Costume of China [bound with:] The Punishments of China. Half-title, sepia dedication frontispiece, 48 hand-colored aquatint plates after Alexander, each with accompanying text leaf (paper with watermarks of 1794 and 1804); titles and text in English and French, 22 hand-colored stipple engraved plates; early issue with paper watermarked 1796. Two volumes in one. 4to, full red straight grain paneled morocco gilt with binder''s ticket of J. Froding, Amsterdam, lightly rubbed, modern morocco slipcase; plates with occasional light foxing and toning. Abbey Travel 534; Colas 74. Abbey 532. London: William Miller, 1805 * London: Printed for William Miller by W. Bulmer, 1801

Notes: An attractive binding containing two early English works on China; one Alexander''s rendering of the contemporary dress of eighteenth-century Imperial China; the other Mason''s graphic, and, by modern standards, torturous illustrations of early Chinese methods of criminal punishment.

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