China, in a Series of Views, displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits, of that Ancient Empire - Thomas Allom, Rev. George Newenham Wright, Karl Gutzlaff 1843 Circa - Fisher, London - First Edition First edition two volume set of this monumental work, in near fine condition and with less than the usually encountered foxing to which the plates of this work are prone.

Four volumes bound in two, profusely illustrated with 124 engraved plates, and four additional engraved titles ‘
China Illustrated’. Containing striking views of China, from the opium dens to the grand palaces, the coastal fishing villages to the Great Wall, with depictions of torture, trades people, etc. expertly engraved from 119 drawings by Allom, twenty two of which are from sketches by other artists, and five from Chinese artists.

The work begins with Gutzlaff’s 72 page ‘
Life of Kang-He. Emperor of China’, after which the illustrations are enhanced by the detailed narrative of George Newenham Wright.
  This work included copies of fifteen Chinese drawings from Staunton’s collection, by Captain Stoddart, six by Lieutenant Frederick White, and one by R. Vaughan. Largely dealing with Peking, Nanking, the south-east and south., including Hong Kong.

Thomas Allom (1804-72) was considered to be one of the greatest travel illustrators of the first half of the 19th century, creating most of his works by journeying to the relevant countries, in many cases under the employ of the publisher’s Fisher Son & Co., however he did not visit China for this series, which was his last work for Fisher, Son & Co.

Provenance: Edwin Howard Greenly, with his armourial bookplates (’Fal Y Gallo’).

Reference: Bibliotheca Wittockiana
Western Travellers in China Discovering the Middle Kingdom 66. Lust 363. Cordier 80. Morrison I 15. Löwendahl, China Illustrata Nova 986.

Four quarto volumes bound in two (29 x 23.5 cm) pp. [6] 72, 96, 72 [2]; [2] 68, 56 [2]. Each volume contains an engraved frontispiece, engraved additional title page, and thirty engraved plates.
  Bound in contemporary half burgundy morocco over marbled boards, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, pale yellow coated endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, light scattered foxing to which the plates are prone, but far less than usually encountered, in very good bindings, wear to corners and raised bands.   Ref: 107901   Price: HK$ 28,000