Pictures of the Chinese, Drawn By Themselves - Rev. R. H. Cobbold 1860 - John Murray, London - First Edition A lovely little work, rather scarce in this condition and original cloth, giving wonderful descriptions of thirty different Chinese figures, mostly tradesmen, profusely illustrated throughout with 36 lithograph plates (including two title pages), 18 black and white full page illustrations and numerous in-text sketches and engravings.

The author, Robert Henry Cobbold (1816-93), was a Cambridge educated priest (and President of the Cambridge University Boat Club), he sailed for Shanghai in 1847 and then on to Ningpo where he became Archdeacon, returning to England in 1857.

Most likely the author’s copy which was inscribed in 1864 to his son Robert Russell who was born in Ningpo.
  Provenance: Note hand-written on later marbled paper indicating that prior to recasing there was a contemporary gift inscription to the front pastedown dated March 8th 1864 to R. R. Cobbold fro his father. This would be Robert Russell Cobbold, the author’s first son. Unfortunately this was not preserved when the book was recased.

Reference: Cordier,
Bibliotheca Sinica, 90.

Small octavo (book size 19.9x14.1cm), pp. [2] vi 220. In publisher’s ribbed green cloth, patterned with thin vertical light green lines, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, front panel with gilt vignette of old man hitting a gong, rear panel with Chinese decoration in blind, all edges untrimmed, appears to have been neatly recased at some point with later marbled endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, gilt strong and bright, stain to top outer edge affected pages but not text, faint spotting, neatly recased with later endpapres.   Ref: 111111   Price: HK$ 5,500