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China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
07 November 2016, 13:00 GMT
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Lot 1: ALEXANDER, WILLIAM. THE COSTUME OF CHINA, 1805(47 views)
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Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
Description: FIRST EDITION, 4to (330 x 242mm.), hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, sepia aquatint additional title, 47 hand-coloured aquatint plates, some plates with tissue-guards, list of subscribers and index, half morocco over decorated boards, spine tooled in gilt with raised bands, gilt edges, half-title missing (as often), scattered spotting or soiling, offsetting in various degrees, spine slightly sunned
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Provenance: Pardo de Leygonier, book label
Literature: Abbey, Travel 534; Löwendahl 727; Western Travellers in China 51
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