A fine copy of Staunton’s account of Macartney’s embassy to China.
By STAUNTON, Sir George, 1797
An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China.
- Author: STAUNTON, Sir George
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed By W. Bulmer and Co. for G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty, Pall Mall
- Publication date: 1797.
- Physical description: First edition, three volumes (two text quartos and one folio atlas), text vols (290 by 230mm) 2 engraved portrait frontispieces, 26 vignette illustrations after William Alexander and others, atlas (590 by 450mm), 44 plates, maps, and charts, text volumes in nineteenth century full tan calf gilt, a.e.g., spine in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt, atlas half tan calf over green cloth boards, red morocco label to upper board lettered in gilt, spine in seven compartments, separated by raised bands, gilt, loss to foot of spine.
- Inventory reference: 1091
Bookbinders label of ‘Robert Seton Stationer & Bookbinder to the King, The Mound, Edinburgh’. Robert Seton used this particular address from 1833–37. This particular example was rebound by Robert Seton on behalf of the ‘Northern Light Board’, whose crest appears at the head of the spine of each volume. The Northern Light Board, now the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), was formed in 1786 to oversee the construction of Scottish lighthouses, its most famous engineer was Robert Stevenson. Seton also bound a copy of the Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle for the NLB, see Bauman Rare Books Catalogue, 2011, No. 8.