Ellis, Henry: JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE LATE EMBASSY TO CHINA. Comprising a Correct Narrative of the Public Transactions of the Embassy, of the Voyage to and from China, and of the Journey from the Mouth of the Pei-ho to the Return to Canton. Interspersed with Observations upon the Face of the Country, the Polity, Moral Character and Manners of the Chinese Nation. The Whole Illustrated by Maps and Drawings.. London, 1817. vii, 526 pp. 1 f. engraved frontispiece of Lord Amherst, 5 coloured aquatints by J. Clark after the Hon. Charles Abbott. 1 large folding engraved map (with one tear to bottom edge) and 2 fullpage engraved maps. 30x22 cm. Later half leather.
Reading copy. Has 5 of the 7 coloured aquatints (lacking Nos. 1 and 2). Rebound in later half leather. Foxing.
The official account of the second British Embassy to China in 1816 led by Lord Amherst and written by Henry Ellis (1777-1855) in his capacity as Third Commissioner. The object of the mission, generally regarded as a failure, was to secure better treatment for British merchants engaged in the China trade. Having proceeded to Peking and been granted an audience with the Jiaqing Emperor, Amherst refused to kow-tow and was instantly dismissed. To add insult to injury, their ship, the Alceste, was shipwrecked on the way home. Also present was Staunton the younger, who had accompanied his father on the first British embassy as official page to Lord Macartney. The lively narrative includes an interview with Napoleon on St. Helena, and other valuable additions to John McLeod's record of the embassy. The work is further enhanced by three maps and seven beautiful hand-coloured plates showing the Emperor's Summer Palace near Tien-Sing, Anchorage at Tong-Chow, Temple of Quan-Yin Mun near Nankin and other views of the Yangtze river and harbour cities. Generally, a good, clean copy. First edition. Cordier 2393; Lust 509; Morrison I:255. Rare.
Subjects: Rare Books Travel
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