Medhurst, W. H: CHINA: ITS STATE AND PROSPECTS. With Special Reference to the Spread of the Gospel .... London, 1838. xvi, 592 pp. Colour frontispiece and 11 b/w wood engravings by G. Baxter. Folding map. 22x14 cm. Recent half-leather with marbled boards.
The author, sent out to China by the London Missionary Society in 1816, gives a detailed account of the country's population, civilisation, art and religion at the time. Also covers the catholic missions in the country at the time as well as the recent history of the missions in Canton, Malacca and Batavia. The author travelled up the coast of China from Canton to Shandong province and thence down to Shanghai and Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. His impressions and encounters are well-documented. The book has a good deal on opium in China and much fascinating detail on missionary work. Some slight foxing but, in general, a fine clean copy. The Baxter prints are complete and, in particular, the colour frontispiece of the author with Choo-Tih-Lang is interesting as a specimen of early oil colour printing. Rebound.
Subjects: Rare Books
Available, as of: 03/03/2020
Was item 506 in printed List 198.
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