Lot 170: THOMSON, JOHN. ILLUSTRATIONS OF CHINA AND ITS PEOPLE, 1873-1874
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 EDITIONS of volumes 1, 3 and 4, second edition of volume 2, 4 volumes, folio (470 x 345mm.), 96 plates of photographic illustrations, interleaved with text and guards (some captioned), publisher’s maroon morocco-grain cloth, covers with large pictorial designs and lettered in gilt, bevelled edges, gilt edges, a few small tears, minor scattered staining, light wear to binding, expertly rebacked
Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate. Vol.1 with repair to title-page, vol.4 with title-page coming loose at inner head-margin
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Provenance: Library numbers on verso of titles and margins of a few plates; Joseph M. Gleason (1869-1942), bookplate
Literature: Western Travellers in China 91