Description: FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, 3 volumes, 8vo (210 x 130mm.), half-titles, 3 tinted lithographed views (after the author's daguerreotypes), hand-coloured geological map, and plate of musical notations, folding table, modern calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, light scattered spotting
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate.
"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 2117; Lust 645; Western Travellers in China 88
Provenance: INSCRIBED TO "Monsieur Édouard de Villiers, souvenir bien amical de son tout dévoué", on half-titles of volumes 1 and 3 (Possibly Édouard de Villiers du Terrage (1780–1855), the engineer who with Jean-Baptiste Prosper Jollois journeyed with Napoleon to Egypt, and prepared the Description de l'Égypte).
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