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ALEXANDER, William (1767--1816)
Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Chinese. Illustrated in fifty coloured engravings, with descriptions. By William Alexander.
London: printed for John Murray, by W. Bulmer and Co., 1814.
[104] p., 50 hand-coloured aquatint pl. ; 23.1 cm. (8°)

Alexander, an assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum, had been junior draughtsman with Lord Macartney's embassy to China in 1792, described in G.T. Staunton, An authentic account of an embassy ... to the Emperor of China, 1797 (q.v.). Tooley, no. 376.

Copy Notes Copy 2: Large paper copy, 32.2 cm. With an engraved portrait of Alexander printed from a 'Private Plate' bound as a frontispiece, and outline, aquatint, and coloured states of each of the 50 plates. Inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper 1818 - The Author's Unique Copy £8.18.6.

Binding Copy 1: C19th dark blue morocco, both covers with central diaper pattern lozenge motif and decorative borders tooled in gilt and blind to match the companion volumes on English (q.v.), Austrian (q.v.), Russian (q.v.), and Turkish costume (q.v.), blind- and gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Costume Of China', gilt edges.
Copy 2: C19th diced russia, gilt triple-rule borders, elaborately gilt- and blind-tooled spine, gilt edges.

Reference Number 3027


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