The Costume of China, illustrated by Sixty Engravings: with Explanations in English and French - George Henry Mason 1800 - Printed for W. Miller by S. Gosnell, London - First Edition, later issue with title page dated 1800, text watermarked 1811 and plates watermarked 1817. The sixty exquisitely hand-coloured stipple-engraved plates in this folio depict individual Chinese in dress appropriate to their occupation or rank and are based on originals by the Cantonese export artist Pu-Qua and engraved by J. Dadley. Text descriptions in English and French. The enlarged edition with 60 hand-coloured aquatint plates, later editions contained   George Henry Mason was an artist who, with William Alexander, travelled to China at the end of the eighteenth century.

Provenance: Philip Davies Cooke Esq. with his armourial bookplate.
Philip Davies-Cooke [1793-1853] held the office of Justice of the Peace and of High Sheriff of Flintshire, Fellow of the Linnean Society, the Heraldry Society, the Zoological Society, the Geological Society. Davies-Cooke was also Justice of the Peace for Denbighshire and for Yorkshire. He had residences at Owston Hall, Yorkshire, as well as Gwysaney, Flintshire, Wales, and Hafod-y-Wern, Wales.

References: Abbey Travel 533; Colas 2009; Cordier 1858. Wittockiana 49. Lowendahl 710. Tooley 320.
Folio (36 x 26 cm, Binding 37 x 27 cm) pp. [2] [132] [2].
  Finely bound in contemporary full navy straight grained morocco, spien intricately tooled in gilt, front and rear boards panelled in gilt and blind.   Condition: Near fine, foxing to endpapers and armourial bookplate, light offsetting from plates, 3cm closed tear to top inner corner of sheet four, in very good binding, with wear to edges of spine, and small marks to panels. a few light spots, small marginal tear and repair to Preface leaf, some offsetting to text, binding a little rubbed with scuff marks   Ref: 106239   Price: HK$ 42,000