Vue de la Ville de Macao.
Engraving, very scarce, fine impression. 270 x 510mm (10½ x 20"). Original binding folds.
A view of Macao from the sea, published in a French edition of Captain John Meares' 'Voyages Made in the Years 1788 & 1789 from China to the Northwest Coast of America'. Meares, trading in furs from the Pacific north-west to Asia without the necessary licence from the East India Company, caused the Nootka Crisis of 1789, in which Spain and Britain came to the brink of war over sovereignty of Pacific Canada. One of the immediate consequences was the Vancouver Expedition of 1791-5.
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