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Antiquariaat FORUM BV

La Chine, moeurs, usages, costumes, arts et métiers, ...

D. Bazin de Malpiere

180 hand-coloured lithographs of China
30 instalments, each consisting of 6 hand-coloured plates, and are seldom found complete. This copy lacks only one plate and description
Circa 1825-27

First edition of "a huge collection of attractively lithographed copies of scenes from Chinese life of the mid-Ch'ing period" (Lust). The illustrations show scenes of everyday life, ships, views, interiors, (military) costumes and much more, each with one leaf of descriptive text.

All the illustrations are lithographed copies of earlier prints, including Alexander's Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Chinese (1814), Chamber's Designs of Chinese buildings... (1757), Mason's The costume of China (1800) and The punishments of China (1804), the works of Castiglione, and others. A description of Beijing is included in the second volume illustrated with a plan. With the bookplate of Louis Becker, Paris. Binding rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise good. Lacking one plate and text leaf, as noted, foxing throughout, and some occasional browning; a good copy.

J. Lust, Western books on China published up to 1850…, 1987, p. 60