Item #4505625 Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising a correct narrative of the public transactions of the embassy, of the voyage to and from China, and of the journey from the mouth of the Pei-Ho to the return to Canton. Interspersed with observations upon the face of the country, the polity, moral character, and manners of the Chinese nation. Henry ELLIS.
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising a correct narrative of the public transactions of the embassy, of the voyage to and from China, and of the journey from the mouth of the Pei-Ho to the return to Canton. Interspersed with observations upon the face of the country, the polity, moral character, and manners of the Chinese nation.
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising a correct narrative of the public transactions of the embassy, of the voyage to and from China, and of the journey from the mouth of the Pei-Ho to the return to Canton. Interspersed with observations upon the face of the country, the polity, moral character, and manners of the Chinese nation.

Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China…
Journal of the Proceedings of the Late Embassy to China; Comprising a correct narrative of the public transactions of the embassy, of the voyage to and from China, and of the journey from the mouth of the Pei-Ho to the return to Canton. Interspersed with observations upon the face of the country, the polity, moral character, and manners of the Chinese nation.

London: John Murray, 1817.

Quarto (275 x 220 mm), vii, [1], 526, [2]pp., with the final errata leaf, portrait frontispiece of Lord Amherst, seven fine hand-coloured plates, three engraved maps (one folding, two lightly browned). Old speckled calf.

The Amherst embassy to the Chinese Emperor

First edition, with fine color plates which do not appear in later editions. This is the authorised account of the diplomatically ill-fated Amherst embassy to the Chinese Emperor at Peking. Amherst refused to 'kow-tow' to the Emperor Khien Lung and was immediately dismissed. Nevertheless, the expedition itself was of great interest: on the outward journey the Alceste had visited Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Java, and Macao. Homeward-bound the ship was wrecked off the coast of Sumatra and a replacement vessel was required for the rest of the journey via St. Helena. There Amherst met with the exiled Napoleon, and a detailed description of their meeting is recorded here.

First edition, with fine color plates which do not appear in later editions. This is the authorised account of the diplomatically ill-fated Amherst embassy to the Chinese Emperor at Peking. Amherst refused to 'kow-tow' to the Emperor Khien Lung and was immediately dismissed. Nevertheless, the expedition itself was of great interest: on the outward journey the Alceste had visited Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Java, and Macao. Homeward-bound the ship was wrecked off the coast of Sumatra and a replacement vessel was required for the rest of the journey via St. Helena. There Amherst met with the exiled Napoleon, and a detailed description of their meeting is recorded here.

Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Ferguson of Wraith.

Hill, 542; Lust, 509.

Condition Report: Binding a bit worn and backstrip rubbed but quite sound. Internally fresh and clean.

Price (AUD): $3,600.00

US$2,392.36   Other currencies

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