Allom, Thomas (illus).
New York. London Printing and Publishing Company. No date. Ca. 1850.
FOUR STEEL ENGRAVINGS with tissue guards, 8 pages of text, 12 x 9 1/4 inches, pictorial paper wrappers. Light scattered foxing and damp staining, offsetting onto one plate, other three plates in very good condition, head and tail of spine is split. This is a single semi-monthly part of what appears to be the American edition of "China in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits of that Ancient Empire...", designed to de-mystify the great empire of China. It contains 4 steel engravings and several unrelated (subject-wise) pages of text and is complete as issued. CONTAINING 4 ENGRAVINGS: Han-tsuen, - Province of Kiang-nan / Yin-shan, or Silver Island, on the Yang-tse-keang / The Proof-sword Rock, Hoo-kew-shan / Tseih Ling Yen, or The seven-star Mountains. Subscription publication was common during the 19th century, making publications more affordable to the rapidly expanding middle class market and this method (where illustrations and text are unrelated) was used to deter subscribers from quitting partway through their subscription. The advertisement on the back cover gives the title "The Chinese Empire: A Comprehensive History of the Manners, Customs, Industries and Arts of the Chinese. by Rev. G.N. Wright. Magnificently Illustrated with Numerous Steel Engravings, from Sketches taken on the Spot. by T. Allom, Esq." The title "The Chinese Empire Historical and Descriptive" appears on the title page included with part 38 of the series. Item #40085
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