Item #40094 Part 36, individually issued, of "The Chinese Empire Historical and Descriptive." CONTAINING 1 MAP: China and Birmah. CHINA - MAP after JOHN TALLIS.
Part 36, individually issued, of "The Chinese Empire Historical and Descriptive." CONTAINING 1 MAP: China and Birmah.

Part 36, individually issued, of "The Chinese Empire Historical and Descriptive." CONTAINING 1 MAP: China and Birmah.

Rapkin, J. (mapmaker). Wray A.H. (illus); J.B. Allen (engraved by).
New York. London Printing and Publishing Company. Circa 1858- 1859.
MAP (black and white engraving, 11 x 14 1/2 inches folded as issued to 11 x 7 1/4 inches) tipped onto binding tab as frontispiece of this individually issued part with decorative paper wrappers, 12 x 9 1/4 inches, 8 pages of text. Map in fine condition. 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 a map of China and Burma with six vignette illustrations (including a view of Hong Kong) and several unrelated (subject-wise) pages of text and is complete as issued. 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 #40094

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