STAUNTON, George Thomas (1781-1859)
A Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China, undertaken by order of the King of Great Britain… London: John Stockdale, 1797.
2 volumes, 8vo (210 x 130 mm). 2 engraved folding maps, numerous plates and illustrations. (Spotting and browning throughout.) Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, gilt-lettered (worn, lightly soiled, discreet library label). For many English readers, Staunton's work offered the first opportunity to understand the Chinese government, technologies, agriculture and culture from a first-hand narrative.