Travels in China containing Descriptions, Observations and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen

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Author: Barrow, John (1764-1848) with handwritten letter by the author

Year: 1806

Publisher: Printed for T Cadell and W Davies

Place: London

Description:

xii+632 pages with color frontispiece, seven additional color plates and index. Quarto (11 1/4" x 9") bound in half leather with five raised spine bands with two red labels in compartments in gilt lettering over marbled boards. With handwritten letter laid in signed. (Abbey Travel 531, Tooley 84, Hill 62.) Second edition.

Letter Signed, "JnoBarrow," to Rear Admiral Graham Hamond, informing him that the Admiralty cannot approve the entry of William Harris as Clerk of the Blonde, and that they appointed E D Bach Additional Clerk of the Blonde. 2 pages, folio, with integral blank; "Admiralty" [London], 1 October 1835.

Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet, FRS, FRGS was an English statesman and writer. Through the interest of Sir George Leonard Staunton, to whose son he taught mathematics, he was attached on the first British embassy to China from 1792-94 as comptroller of the household to Lord Macartney. He soon acquired a good knowledge of the Chinese language, on which he subsequently contributed interesting articles to the Quarterly Review; and the account of the embassy published by Sir George Staunton records many of Barrow's valuable contributions to literature and science connected with China. Although Barrow ceased to be officially connected with Chinese affairs after the return of the embassy in 1794, he always took much interest in them, and on critical occasions was frequently consulted by the British government.

Condition:

Attractively rebound. Foxing throughout. letter with short closed separations at folds else a very good copy with a very good accompaniment.


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