6203. Scott's imprisonment in China 1841

SCOTT, JOHN LEE. Narrative of a recent imprisonment in China after the wreck of the Kite. London (W. H. Dalton) 1841.

12:o (about 172x110 mm.). (9), x-xi, (1 blank), (1)-131, (1 blank) pp. Title with woodcut vignette, 4 engraved plates (all, one loose).
Publisher's green gilt cloth, worn, faded spine, some damages at head and foot. Some spotting.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1758.
Scott sailed to China in 1839 in the merchant ship Kite, carrying supplies to the British warships stationed there. The ship foundered in the Yangtse river on the 15th of Sept. 1840, and the surviving crew were captured by the Chinese. They were schackled and carried around for several days in small wooden cages, being taken from village to village and displayed to hostile crowds. After an imprisonment of several months the few survivors were eventually released.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).