Sketches of China and The Chinese - Auguste Borget 1842 - Tilt & Bogue, London - First English Edition (issued simultaneously with the French edition, plates for both were printed by Goupil et Vibert in Paris) Complete set of this renowned and highly prized collection of plates on China, including views of Hong Kong, Macao, and Canton.

Tinted lithographic title page and thirty two sepia tinted lithographic plates on 25 sheets, together with letterpress text and title page, in later binding by Bayntun-Riviere.

‘The feeling of superiority to the Chinese, so characteristic of accounts from the 1840s, is absent here. The artist observes with a fresh eye.’ - Lust,
Western Travellers in China.
  References: Abbey Travel 540. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, 79, 3027. Lust Western Books on China, 211.

Binding size 55x37cm. Plate size 53.5x36.5cm. pp. [2 (blank sheet from later binding)], illustrated title page plate, [2 (title page and copyright)] [1 (List of Plates)] [1] 11 [1] 32 plates on 25 sheets [2 (blank sheet from later binding)].
  Bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath in later three-quarter red morocco over matching cloth, spine and front panel lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, leaves mounted on new stubs   Condition: Binding near fine, some splash stains to cloth, wear to upper spine, and some rubbing to edges. Contents very good, some scattered light foxing and gentle toning to plates, slightly heavier to illustrated title page. Text pages clean, faint water mark to lower edges. Number of sheets with repaired short closed tears. Following plates without repairs or trimming - 6, 10-16, 18, 19, 29, 30, 31, 32. Illustrated title sheet with two repaired chips to edges, and 1 sheet (plates 25 & 26) with 1cm repaired chip to outer edge. Three sheets with trimming to outer edge (Plates 4, 7&8, 9).   Ref: 109651   Price: HK$ 250,000