BORGET (Auguste). China and the Chinese.... - Lot 50 - Gros & Delettrez

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BORGET (Auguste). China and the Chinese.... - Lot 50 - Gros & Delettrez
BORGET (Auguste). China and the Chinese. Paris, Goupil et Vibert, 1842. Large folio, [3] f., 26 p., illus. in contemporary green half-maroquin with corners, smooth spine, gilt title and author, gilt floral decoration (spine leg. faded, rubbing on boards, edges, headpieces, snag on upper board, headpiece partly uncovered, corners dull, text uniformly browned, russets and halos on plates, 2 flyleaves at beginning of book). Unique early edition of this splendid collection based on the works of painter Auguste Borget (1808-1877). It comprises a lithographed title page, 26 pages of plate explanations, a table of drawings, and 32 compositions by Auguste Borget, on 26 plates lithographed by Eugène Cicéri; one portrait added. From 1836 to 1840, Auguste Borget made a long trip around the world, during which he spent ten months in China (Macao, Canton, Hong-Kong), and brought back numerous drawings, which he used to illustrate two books: La Chine et les Chinois (1842), of which his friend Balzac wrote a glowing review, and La Chine ouverte by Emile Daurand-Forgues (1845). Baudelaire himself recognized Borget's talent in his review of the 1846 Salon. The illustrations feature views of China and its cities, temples and houses. These include a view of Macao, the Chapel of the Great Temple and the city's poor dwellings, a seaside view of the city of Hong-Shang, a boat entering Tchy Nay Customs and Canton, a mandarin's house on the canals of Macao and Canton, and European factories in Canton. (Cordier 79-80).
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