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Staunton - An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China

6. Staunton, Sir George / Lord Macartney.

An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China [First Dublin Edition with 34 full-page-plates]; Including Cursory Observations Made, and Information Obtained, in Travelling Through That Ancient Empire, and a Small Part of Chinese Tartary. Together with a Relation of the Voyage undertaken on the Occasion by his Majesty’s Ship ‘The Lion’, and the Ship ‘Hindestan’ in the East India Company’s Service, to the Yellow Sea, and Gulf of Pekin [sic]; as well as of their return to Europe. With Notices of the several places where they stopped in their way out and home: being the Islands of Madeira, Teneriffe and St.Jago, the Port of Rio de Janeiro in South America; the Islands of St.Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Amsterdam, the Coast of Java and Sumatra, the Nanka Isles, Pulo-Condore and Cochin-China. Taken chiefly from the Papers of his Excellency, the Earl of Macartney, Knight of the Bath, his Majesty’s Embassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of China; Sir Erasmus Gower, Commander of the Expedition and other Gentlemen in the several Departments of the Embassy.

Two Volumes (complete set). Dublin, Printed for P.Wogan, R.Cross, P.Byrne and others, 1798. Octavo. Volume I: XV, 449 pages with 8 full-page plates / Volume II: XVIII, 430 pages, with 26 full-page-plates and including an Appendix. Hardcover / Original, early 19th century half leather with original spinelabels. Bindings firm and strong but rather worn. Bookplate of Richard Meade, Ballymartle, to the pastedown of Volume I. Overall in very good condition with some stronger signs of wear but with all the illustrations / engravings, called for in the Dublin Edition.

EUR 2.400,-- 

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The 'Post Chaise Companion': Or 'Travellers Directory through Ireland'.

18. [Wilson, William] Anonymous.

The ‘Post Chaise Companion’: Or ‘Travellers Directory through Ireland’. Containing a New & Accurate Description of the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, with particulars of the Noblemen & Gentlemen’s Seats, Cities, Towns, Parks, Natural Curiosities, Antiquities, Castles, Ruins, Manufactures, Loughs, Glens, Harbours, &c. &c. Forming an Historical & Descriptive Account of the Kingdom. To Which is Added, ‘A Travelling Dictionary’, or Alphabetical Tables, Shewing the Distances of all the Principal Cities, Boroughs, Market & Sea Port Towns in Ireland from Each Other. [With remarks on the Ballymartle Estate and Ballintobber / [Ballintubber] – Estate on page 351: “Five miles and a half from Cork, on the Road is Mount-Pleasant, the seat of Mr. Bonwell; and two miles farther, on the L. Ballymartle, that of the Rev. Mr. Mead” / “Within two Miles of Kinsale, on the Road is Ballintobber, the fine seat of John Mead, Esq.”].

The 4th Edition, corrected and enlarged. With an entire New Set of Plates. Dublin, Printed & Published by J.Fleming, no year [c.1813-1815]. Octavo (14 cm x 22 cm). Frontispiece, XXXVI, 660 (double-columns, not pages: Nearly all pages are divided in double-columns and only from the ‘Circuits of the Judges’ does the book switch to single page-pagination, ending with [false] page 660 plus 19 unnumbered pages of Index). With the large fold-out: “Map of the Roads of Ireland including all the Post-Towns” (36 cm x 48 cm) and all the plates in place (see full list below and high – resolution – images on our website). Hardcover / Original, early 19th – century half leather with new spinelabel. The rare,best and enlarged, 4th edition in a contemporary 19th-century binding. Upper hinge slightly damaged. Interior very good with some minor foxing. Overall a rare and excellent publication.

EUR 950,-- 

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