Lot 70: ITIER, JULES. JOURNAL D'UN VOYAGE EN CHINE. 1848-1853
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
November 7, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, 3 volumes, 8vo (210 x 130mm.), half-titles, 3 tinted lithographed views (after the author's daguerreotypes), hand-coloured geological map, and plate of musical notations, folding table, modern calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, light scattered spotting
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Provenance: INSCRIBED TO "Monsieur Édouard de Villiers, souvenir bien amical de son tout dévoué", on half-titles of volumes 1 and 3 (Possibly Édouard de Villiers du Terrage (1780–1855), the engineer who with Jean-Baptiste Prosper Jollois journeyed with Napoleon to Egypt, and prepared the Description de l'Égypte).
Literature: Cordier, Sinica 2117; Lust 645; Western Travellers in China 88