Amherst's embassy to China
Journal of the proceedings of the late embassy to China;
comprising a correct narrative of the public transactions of the embassy, of the voyage to and from China, and of the journey from the mouth of the Pei-Ho to the return to Canton. Interspersed with observations upon the face of the country, the polity, moral character, and manners of the Chinese nation. London John Murray 1817
First edition. 4to (29.5 x 23 cm), pp.vii, [i], 526, [2, errata leaf], portrait frontispiece, seven hand-coloured plates, 3 maps, 1 large folding. A very good copy bound in modern boards. Untrimmed and partially unopened. Short marginal tear to title, occasional spotting to text. Maps foxed, but colour plates clean and free from spotting.
Abbey 536; Cordier BS 2393; Löwendahl 791; Lust 509; Morrison I, p.255
An eyewitness account of Lord Amherst's unsuccessful Chinese embassy in 1816, written by Sir Henry Ellis, who was Third Commissioner of the embassy. Ellis's account was authorised and he includes an appendix of official papers, largely translations from Chinese. The drawings and maps are based on the work of the Honourable Charles Abbot. The portrait is of Amherst. The coloured plates depict: the Summer Palace opposite Tien-Sing; Anchorage at Tong-Chow; Temple of Quan-Yin-Mun near Nankin, See-Lang-Shan; Gan-Kin-Poo from the west; Seaou-Koo-Shan from the east; and the Island of Pulo Leat.