China, in a Series of Views, displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits, of that Ancient Empire - Thomas Allom, Rev. George Newenham Wright, Karl Gutzlaff Circa 1843 - Fisher, London - First Edition Finely bound set of this monumental work, in near fine condition and with less than the usually encountered foxing to which the plates of this work are prone.

Four volumes bound in two, profusely illustrated with 124 engraved plates, and four additional engraved titles ‘
China Illustrated’. Containing striking views of China, from the opium dens to the grand palaces, the coastal fishing villages to the Great Wall, with depictions of torture, tradespeople, etc. expertly engraved from 119 drawings by Allom, twenty-two of which are from sketches by other artists, and five from Chinese artists.

The work begins with Gutzlaff’s 72-page ‘
Life of Kang-He. Emperor of China’, following which the illustrations are enhanced by the detailed narrative of George Newenham Wright.
  This work includes copies of fifteen Chinese drawings from Staunton’s collection, by Captain Stoddart, six by Lieutenant Frederick White, and one by R. Vaughan. Largely dealing with Peking, Nanking, the south-east and south., including Hong Kong.

Thomas Allom (1804-72) was considered to be one of the greatest travel illustrators of the first half of the 19th century, creating most of his works by journeying to the relevant countries, in many cases under the employ of the publisher’s Fisher Son & Co., although he did not visit China for this series, which was his last work for the publisher Fisher, Son & Co.

Reference: Bibliotheca Wittockiana
Western Travellers in China Discovering the Middle Kingdom 66. Lust 363. Cordier 80. Morrison I 15. Löwendahl, China Illustrata Nova 986.

Quarto, four volumes bound in two (binding size 28.3x22cm) pp. [8] 72, 5-96; 72 [4]; [4] 68; 56 [4]. Additional engraved title page to each volume.
  In recent three-quarter tan calf over matching marbled boards, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, light foxing to first few plates, in fine bindings.   Ref: 109659   Price: HK$ 20,000