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An authentic account of an embassy from the king of Great Britain to the emperor of China ... together with a relation of the voyage undertaken ...

Describes the diplomatic mission from King George III of Great Britain to the Emperor Qianlong of China, undertaken by the 1st Earl of Macartney in the years 1793-94.

Collection
HKUL eBooks
License
All rights reserved
Rights Statement
In Copyright
Author
 Staunton, George, Sir, 1737-1801.
Publisher
 W Bulmer and Co for G Nicol
Contributor
Gower, Erasmus, Sir, 1742-1814. Macartney, George Macartney, Earl, 1737-1806.
Subject
 China--Social life and customs.  British--China.  China--Foreign relations--Great Britain.  China--Description and travel.  Qianlong,--Emperor of China,--1711-1799.  Voyages and travels.  Lion (ship)  Great Britain--Foreign relations--China.  Hindostan (ship)
Language
English
Date
1798
Book Edition
2nd ed., corr. [extra-illustrated].
Resource Type
Book
Notes
The 5 vols. bear the bookplate of R. H. Alexander-Bennett, and also the stamp of A. W. Bahr, who is said to have acquired the set from a descendant of Lord Macartney. The set is believed to have been Lord Macartney's own copy. The 2 vols. of text with engravings, and also the folio vol. of plates of the 2nd corrected edition of 1798 have been enlarged to five vols. of folio size. The text is inlaid throughout, the plates from the original folio vol. are bound with the text, and there are 210 extra illustrations in colour, mostly on rice paper. These were probably specially commissioned by Lord Macartney or a member of his embassy, and include a portrait of the Emperor Qianlong which is presumed to be unique.