La Chine en Miniature, ou Choix de Costumes, Arts et Métiers de cet Empire, Représentés par 74 Gravures, la plupart d'après les originaux inédits de Cabinet du feu M. Bertin, Ministre; accompagnées de Notices explicatives, historiques et littéraires. A lUsage de la Jeunesse.
Paris: Nepveu, 1811. 4 vols., 12mo, xxxvi, 144; [iii], 172; [iii], 188; [iii], 220 pp. with 80 copper-engraved plates. Contemporary full calf, gilt backstrips with black morocco labels, covers gilt-rolled, gilt edges and turn-ins. Backstrips and edges rubbed, with some losses at labels and corners; occasional trivial foxing; overall a handsome set and fresh within. First Edition. (Two additional volumes, with 28 new plates, were issued in 1812.) The images cover the whole range of Chinese society, but especially tradesmen. Particularly interesting are the numerous depictions of itinerant salesmen and craftsmen with ingenious methods of transporting their inventories and machinery. The industrious author produced similar tours of Russia, Egypt and Syria, Spain and Portugal, and Japan. This issue has the plates in black and white; it was also offered with the plates hand-colored, or in an issue of 60 sets printed on very good paper with the plates very carefully colored, or in an issue of just one set printed on vellum. An edition of the first four volumes with the text in English was published in London in 1813. The present volumes contain 74 numbered plates, but unnumbered frontispieces and additional plates bring the total to 80. Brunet, I, 1225. Colas 443. Cordier 65. Hiler, p. 113. Lipperheide 1524. For the English edition, see: Abbey, Travel, 535.
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