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BRETON DE LA MARTINIÉRE, JEAN BAPTISTE JOSEPH: - La Chine en miniature ou choix de costumes, arts et métiers de cet Empire. Four volumes. + Coup-d'oeil sur la Chine, ou nouveau choix de costumes. Two volumes. Paris, Nepveu, 1811-12.

16mo. Pp. xxxvi, 144; (iv), 172; 188, (iv), 220 + pp. (iv), xxxiv, 236; (iv), 234. With 108 engraved plates, of which 101 are beautifully handcoloured and 8 folding. Contemporary red quarter calf on red paper covered boards, ruled in gilt, spines decorated and lettered in gilt. Partly with some minor browning but overall a very fine set. The last two volumes "Coup-d'oeil" were also published in the same year with the title "La Chine en miniature" (vols. 5-6). A complete set (in six volumes) of Breton's charming work devoted to China and it's people, crafts and arts. The illustrations originates from two young Chinese students who spent a few years studying in France supported by the French statesman Henri Leonard Bertin. He was then responsible for the East India company (1762-80) and supported the French Jesuits in China. Upon return to China the students produced more than 400 drawings of arts and crafts, of which many have been used in this work. The lovely plates mainly depict various artisans and vendors with their tools and products but several are devoted to costumes of emperors, ladies, lamas and soldiers. Some of the plates first appeared in Mason's "The costume of China" and "The Punishments of China" (1800-01). Cordier BS 64. Lipperheide 1524. Löwendahl 757.
EUR 6800.00 [Appr.: US$ 7789.73 | £UK 6059.75 | JP¥ 876655] Book number 100770

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