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An Authentic Account of An Embassy From The King of Great Britain To The Emperor of China; Including cursory observations made, and information obtained in travelling through that ancient empire and a small part of Chinese tartary. Together with a relation of The Voyage Undertaken on the Occasion By his Majesty's ship The Lion and the ship Hindostan, in the East India Company's service, to the Yellow Sea, and Gulf of Pekin; As Well as of Their Return to Europe; with Notices of the several places where they stopped in their way out and home being the Islands of Madeira, Tenerife, The Islands of St Helena, Tristan D'Acunha, and Amsterdam; the coasts of Java, and Sumatra; The Nanka Isles, Pulo Condore, And Cochin-China Taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney, Knight of the Bath, His Majesty's Embassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of China; Sir Erasmus Gower, Commander of the Expedition, and other Gentlemen in the several departments of the Embassy

By Sir George Staunton

1798

W. Bulmer and Co. : London

12" by 9"

[xiii] 518; [xx] 626pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

A scarce edition and highly influential original source work detailing the first British diplomatic mission to China.

The second edition of the work, first published by W. Bulmer and Co. the previous year. An octavo second edition was also published in 1798 in three volumes. This is the quarto second edition of the work. Scarce edition. Quarto. Lacking the supplementary folio volume of plates. Each volume is collated complete as follows: Volume one contains a full page frontispiece depicting Chen-Lung, the great Emperor of China and a further six monochrome vignettes. Volume two contains a full page frontispiece depicting the Earl of Macartney, a full page monochrome plate depicting The Camelia Sesanqua and a further twenty monochrome vignettes. Sir Joseph Banks, the President of the Royal Society was responsible for selecting and arranging the engravings included in the work, although the illustrators themselves are not known. ESTC Citation No. N4626. Sir George Leonard Staunton, 1st Baronet was an influential botanist and employee of the East India Company, a notable organisation formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region, which later seized control over large parts of the Indian subcontinent and colonized parts of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. In 1784, Staunton accompanied Lord George Macartney to negotiate peace with Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. In 1792, Staunton was named Secretary to the British mission to the Chinese Imperial court, a trade mission headed by Staunton's lifelong friend and colleague Lord George Macartney. The Macartney Embassy, also known as The Macartney Mission was the first diplomatic mission to China and went with the goals of opening new ports for British trade in China and the establishment of a permanent embassy in Beijing. The delegation met with the Qianlong Emperor who rejected all of the British requests. However, the mission was still regarded as a success due to the extensive political, geographical and cultural observations that were noted during their visit. Following their return, Staunton was tasked with producing a detailed report of their time in China. Much of the work is taken from the extensive notes taken from Macartney and also Sir Erasmus Gower, a Welsh naval officer and Commander of the expedition. The work is an extremely influential original source material detailing important early diplomatic relations between England and China, along with the highly detailed cultural discoveries made during the delegation's time in China.

CONDITION

Rebound in uniform yellow cloth bindings with gilt detail to the spine. Externally very smart with minor shelf wear to the extremities and head and tail of the spine. A few light marks to the boards. Internally firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with the odd spot, handling marks and age toning to the text block. Pages roughly cut. Frontispiece to volume one has been professionally repaired.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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