6109. China illustrated in steelengravings by Th. Allom

CHINA. (2). ALLOM, THOMAS - WRIGHT, G. N. China in a Series of Views, displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits of that ancient Empire. I-IV. London (Fisher, Son, & Co.) no date (1843).

4:o (about 270x210 mm.). 4 steel-engraved extra titles with vignettes (title to p. I with mended tear and some minor dampstaining in outer margin), 124 steelengraved plates (all, minor mostly marginal foxing).
Contemporary red half leather, somewhat worn, gilt borders, gilt spines in five compartments, marbled edges. Minor foxing. 2 volumes.

Pagination: P. I. (4), (1)-72, (1), 6-96; P. II. (4), 5-72; P. III. (5), 6-68; P. IV. (5), 6-56 pp.
Maybe one of the most appealing illustrated books from the 1840s concentrating on the life and activities of the Chinese people rather than the picturesque scenery.