Dec 08, 2016 - Sale 2434

Sale 2434 - Lot 253

Price Realized: $ 4,940
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(CHINA.) ALEXANDER, WILLIAM; and MASON, GEORGE HENRY. The Costume of China [bound with:] The Punishments of China. Half-title, sepia dedication frontispiece, 48 hand-colored aquatint plates after Alexander, each with accompanying text leaf (paper with watermarks of 1794 and 1804); titles and text in English and French, 22 hand-colored stipple engraved plates; early issue with paper watermarked 1796. Two volumes in one. 4to, full red straight grain paneled morocco gilt with binder's ticket of J. Froding, Amsterdam, lightly rubbed, modern morocco slipcase; plates with occasional light foxing and toning. Abbey Travel 534; Colas 74. Abbey 532. London: William Miller, 1805 * London: Printed for William Miller by W. Bulmer, 1801

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An attractive binding containing two early English works on China; one Alexander's rendering of the contemporary dress of eighteenth-century Imperial China; the other Mason's graphic, and, by modern standards, torturous illustrations of early Chinese methods of criminal punishment.