Lot 3: Alexander (William). The Costume of China, 1st edition, London: William Miller, 1805, half-title, additional sepia aquatint title, 48 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates (some with Whatman watermark dated 1797), bound without subscriber's list, small ink mark to plate of Mandarin's Travelling Boat, occasional spotting and light offsetting mostly to text, contemporary half calf gilt, green morocco title label to spine, joints cracked , rubbed, 4to Abbey Travel, 534. Alexander travelled to China as draughtsman with Lord Macartney's Embassy to the Emperor in 1792-4. 'Alexander is best remembered for his work on China in a period in which the Chinese style greatly influenced the decorative arts in Britain' (DNB). (1)
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