Description: FIRST FRENCH EDITION, 4 volumes, comprising: 3 text volumes, 8vo (195 x 115mm.) and atlas, 4to (275 x 205mm.), text: half-titles, atlas: 22 engraved plates (2 coloured by hand), some with tissue guards, uniform contemporary speckled sheep-backed painted boards, spines gilt with tree and ship tools, red labels, speckled edges
Condition Report: Some wear to bindings, scattered spotting, one or more plates appear to be cut.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: Cordier, Sinica 2395; Western Travellers in China 53
Provenance: Pr. Pertuiset, ex-libris on endpaper of volume 1 and book label in atlas
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