London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810. First Edition. Hardcover. Oblong folio (13-1/4" x 9") bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in polished calf-backed marbled boards with calf corners, spine with five raised bands and gilt decorations, gilt-lettered morocco spine labels. Illustrated with 50 lovely hand-colored aquatint plates by Thomas and William Daniell, on heavy card stock, with letterpress captions watermarked "Whatman 1808" on facing pages. Included are views of Java (including shark fishing), Macao, Canton, Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope, Malaysia, Calcutta, and the Bay of Bengal, with 22 plates dedicated to Chinese subjects, including "Chinese Trading & Fishing Vessels." One of the most celebrated books on the scenery of China and India. Some age-toning and very light foxing in places, a few leaves with short marginal tears (less than 1/2"), minor and occasional soiling or staining, mostly marginal, bookplate on front pastedown; overall clean and attractive. Light wear to edges, a few small scuffs. Near Fine. Item #018995
The Daniells left England in April 1785 and arrived in Whampoa, China, where they would spend several months before continuing on to India. Approximately half of the illustrations focus on China, and the accompanying text includes observations and descriptions of native peoples (Abbey Travel 516; Tooley 173).