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Travels in China,

BARROW Sir John (1804.)

£1800.00  [First Edition]

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Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton. First edition. Coloured stipple and aquatint frontispiece, 4 hand coloured aquatint plates, and 3 engraved plates (2 double-page). 4to. Contemporary half-calf, rebacked, occasional foxing, overall a good copy. [xii], 632pp. London, Strahan,

Barrow (1764-1848) travelled in Lord Macartney's Embassy to China as the Comptroller of the Household, having been recommended to the ambassador by Sir George Staunton. The plates by William Alexander include a view of the Imperial Summer Palace at Yehol, some architectural studies and musical instruments, as well as a portrait-frontispiece of a certain Van-ta-gin (Wang Wenxiung). Of the latter Barrow gives the following account: "The two officers that were sent from court... paid a visit to every yacht, and shewed the most earnest desire to please and to make us comfortable. Their names were Van and Chou, to which they annexed the title of Ta-gin, or great man... We observed in their manners no indication of that stiff and ceremonious conduct, which custom obliges them to put on in public. On the contrary, they sat down to table with us, endeavouring to learn the use of knife and fork, and made themselves extremely agreeable; lamented that they were not able to hold conversation with us in our own language; and on going away , shook hands with us like Englishmen." (p. 69-70). Abbey, 531; Lust 365; Cordier 2388-89; Morrison I, 43.

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