A Narrative of the British Embassy to China,
ANDERSON Aeneas (1795.)
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in the years 1792, 1793, and 1794; containing the various circumstances of the embassy, with accounts of customs and manners of the Chinese; and a description of the country, towns, cities, &c. &c. First edition. Folio. Contemporary half-calf, minor restoration, overall a very good copy. Title, [v-xxiv], 278, [xxiv]appendix pp. London, J. Debrett,
Aeneas Anderson (dates unknown) was Macartney's personal valet during the China embassy. His unauthorised narrative was published two years before the official account by Staunton creating quite a stir at the time. Debrett had persuaded Anderson to publish a private journal in order to satisfy the immense public interest generated by this first British embassy. His analysis of the embassy's failure is rather speculative since he did not have access to information relating to the negotiations with the Chinese government. He does, however, supply a useful second perspective on the embassy with interesting information about the customs, living conditions and architecture of China. Lust 497; Cordier 2386.
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