Lot 405: 1849 Young American in Canton, China

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:12

Lot 405: Author: Tiffany, Osmond, Jr.; Title: The Canton Chinese, or, The American's Sojourn in the Celestial Empire; Place Published: Boston and Cambridge; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1849; Description: First Edition (reprinted during the Civil War). Original cloth, 271pp. + publisher's ads.Son of a Baltimore merchant who built the first cotton mill in the South, Tiffany dropped out of Harvard to sail for China in 1844 at age 20. After a "tedious" five-month voyage, he arrived in Canton proposing to study the "aspect, manners, customs, habits and ranks of Chinese life" by "actual contact with the people" - "extraordinary people, the only unchanged representatives of antiquity to be found among civilized beings." Complete description available. Please contact pba@pbagalleries.com for more information. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $120-180
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