An authentic account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China : including cursory observations made, and information obtained in travelling through that ancient empire, and a small part of Chinese Tartary ; together with a relation of the voyage undertaken on the occasion of His Majesty's ship the Lion, and the ship Hindostan, in the East India company's service, to the Yellow Sea and Gulf of Pekin, as well as of their return to Europe ; taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower, and of other gentlemen in the several departments of the embassy [Volume 1: Text]


Date: 1797



Binding: all vols. in tree calf tooled in gilt. Vols. 1-2 (text) have spine title "Macartney's / embassy / to China" on red labels, vol. nos. on red overlay on green labels; edges sprinkled blue. Vol. 3 (plates) has title "Macartney / embassy / plates" on black spine label; edges yellow; guard tissues; purple ribbon place marker. Vols. 1-2 have armorial bookplates of Sr. James Colquhoun of Luss Bart., v. 3 has that of James Beveridge Duncan of Damside.

Engraved frontispiece port. of Qianlong, v. 1, after William Alexander, the expedition's draughtsman. Frontispiece of Earl Macartney, v. 2, after painting by T. Hickey. Engraved illustrative tail-pieces. Plates mostly after Alexander by various engravers. Maps by B. Baker after John Barrow's drawings.

Vol. 2 has separate added title page, plate vol. does not.

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Others Involved:

  • Gower, Erasmus, Sir, 1742-1814
  • Alexander, William, 1767-1816
  • Baker, B. (Benjamin), active 1766-1824
  • Barrow, John, Sir, 1764-1848
  • Bulmer, William, 1757-1830
  • Nicol, G. (George), 1740?-1828

I. Frontispiece. Chien-Lung, Ta-whang-tee, or Chien-Lung, the great Emperor of China, habited in the dress in which he usually appears when giving audience.

II. The Adansonia, or Baobab, sometimes called in English, the monkey bread-fruit tree of St. Jago, whose trunk at the base measures fifty-six feet in girth.

III. View of the kuc;est of the islands of Tristan d'Acunha, when bearing north, and distant three or four miles.

IV. A Cochin-chinese boat often pair of oars, belonging to the governor of the district of Turon.

V. Curious insects found on a particular plant growing on the borders of Turon bay, and suppose! to be those from \vhich die white wax of the East is obtained.

VI. The feet and ankles of a Chinese lady, dressed with the bandages and shoes, such as are in general worn; and also the feet undressed, to shew the manner of bending all the toes, except the great one, under the sole of the foot.

VII. The Chinese mariner's compass, with the divisions, characters, and circles, generally marked upon such as are to be applied to nautical purposes ; this engraving is the size of the instrument from which it Avas taken.

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Publisher: London : G. Nicol





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Date Added: 2020-06-07

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