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[A Man and a Woman of Oonalashka]
[A Man and a Woman of Oonalashka]
[after William Alexander, c.1820]
Etching and stipple with hand-colouring, platemark 340 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). Trimmed close to platemark.
Natives of Unalaska, one of the Fox Islands group of the Aleutian Islands, part of the US state of Alaska. The island was visited by Cook in 1788 (who spelled it Oonalashka), although this etching was probably copied from an engraving after William Alexander which appeared in Martin Sauer's account of the travels in Russia by the explorer Joseph Billings (1758-1806).
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Porto Praya in the Island of St. Jago.
Porto Praya in the Island of St. Jago.
Drawn by W. Alexander. Engraved by T. Medland.
Published June 4th 1806, by Mess.rs Cadell & Davies Strand, London.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 210 x 270mm (8¼ x 10½"). Trimmed within plate.
A view from the sea of Porto Praya, capital of St Jago in the Cape Verde Islands, published in John Barrow's 'Voyage to Cochinchina in the years 1792 and 1793'
Abbey Travel 515: 'The aquatinting is of excellent quality'.
[Ref: 39222]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Chinese Barges of the Embassy preparing to pass under a Bridge.
Chinese Barges of the Embassy preparing to pass under a Bridge.
W. Alexander del.t. W. Byrne sculp.t.
London, Published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving. 340 x 480mm (13¼" x 19"), with large margins.
A river scene with various boats, a stone bridge and an archway. From Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China. The artist William Alexander accompanied Macartney, and his watercolours were the basis for subsequent prints such as this one.
[Ref: 53222]   £290.00   (£348.00 incl.VAT)
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The Rock of Quan-Yin, with an Excavation near it's Base, serving as a Temple and dwelling for several priests of Fo.
The Rock of Quan-Yin, with an Excavation near it's Base, serving as a Temple and dwelling for several priests of Fo.
W. Alexander del. J. Landseer sculp.t.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving. Platemark: 250 x 210mm. (9¾ x 8¼"), with very large margins
A view of the Rock of Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of Mercy, with a cave at its base. In front of the rock lie two junks. Plate 43 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China.
[Ref: 52046]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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View of the Great Wall of China, called Van-Lee-Tching, or Wall of Ten Thousand Lee taken near the pass of Cou-Pe-Koo.
View of the Great Wall of China, called Van-Lee-Tching, or Wall of Ten Thousand Lee taken near the pass of Cou-Pe-Koo.
Drawn by W. Alexander, from a sketch by H. W. Parish. Medland sculp.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 505 x 360mm. (19¾ x 14¼"). Watermark J. Whatman 1794.
A view showing the Great Wall of China within a mountainous landscape, with a fort in the left foreground, and others at intervals along the way. Plate 24 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China.
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Chinese Military drawn out in Compliment to the British Embassador.
Chinese Military drawn out in Compliment to the British Embassador.
W. Alexander del. B. T. Pouncey sculp.t.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving very large margins. On watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman 1794.' Platemark: 395 x 300mm. (15½ x 12"). A little damaged at centre fold, faint mount burn.
A scene of soldiers on parade before a fortified city, as a flotilla passes by. On one junk a European ca be seen sitting with a sketchbook, perhaps William Alexander. Plate 18 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China.
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View of the Suburbs of a Chinese City.
View of the Suburbs of a Chinese City.
W. Alexander del.t. B.T. Pouncey sculp.t.
London, Published April 12, 1796 by G. Nicol.
Engraving with hand colour. 360 x 495mm (14¼ x 19½") very large margins. Slight mount burn
A view of a city from a boat on the river, with a pagoda and temple to the right with a bridge and buildings to the left. People go about their businesses, including a man fishing using a net on a pole. William Alexander (1767-1816) served as the 'draughtsman' for the Macartney Expedition to China, 1792-1794, aboard the Hindostan, and making a vast number of sketches. Upon his return to England, he worked up many of these into finished color-wash drawings. A number of these were engraved and reproduced in Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China'.
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Chinese Barges of the Embassy passing through a Sluice on the Grand Canal.
Chinese Barges of the Embassy passing through a Sluice on the Grand Canal.
W. Alexander del.t. B.T. Pouncy sculp.t.
London Published April 12, 1796, by G.Nicol.
Engraving with hand colour 300 x 390mm (11¾ x 15¼"). Slight crease through lower right corner of plate, faint mount burn.
A scene depicting three barges on a canal, with a sluice gate in the centre, a pagoda and battlemented walls on the left bank. A number of figures can be seen on the banks of the canal, including two, smoking in the foreground. Plate 35 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China.
[Ref: 55442]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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View of the Tchin-Shan, or Golden Island inthe Yang-Tse-Kiang, or Great River of China.
View of the Tchin-Shan, or Golden Island inthe Yang-Tse-Kiang, or Great River of China.
W. Alexander del.t. Wilson sculp.t.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving, very large margins. Platemark: 495 x 360mm. (19¼ x 14¼"). Very slight foxing in sky.
A view of an island with two principle peaks, dotted with buildings, including a tall pagoda to the right. In the foreground several vessels on the water, including a two-masted ship to left. In the centre boat a European sits sketching, probably William Alexander, the official artist of the Macartney expedition. Plate 39 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China.
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The Costume of the Russian Empire, Illustrated by a Series of Seventy-Three Engravings. With Descriptions in English and French.
The Costume of the Russian Empire, Illustrated by a Series of Seventy-Three Engravings. With Descriptions in English and French.
[by William Alexander.]
London: Printed for W. Miller, Old Bond Street, by S. Gosnell, Little Queen Street, Holborn. MDCCIII [1803].
First Edition, first issue. Folio, original full calf calf gilt, morocco title labels on spine; pp. [18], 73 aquatint plates with fine original colour, each with a page of letterpress in English and French. Plates and text watermarked 1796 as called for by Abbey. Boards detached.
A fine costume plate book, with illustrations of the peoples of Scandinavia, Central Asia and the Far East. The plates were copied from a four-volume work by J.G. Georgi published in St. Petersburg, 1776-80. According to Abbey: ''The text to this English edition is said to be by William Alexander''.
Abbey, Travel, 244.
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Russia - Plate 1. [A Laplander.]
Russia - Plate 1. [A Laplander.]
[London: John Murray, c.1814.]
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 230 x 155mm (9 x 6"), on Whatman paper. Trimmed within plate, edges soiled.
Portrait of a Laplander, carrying fish and nets, the frontispiece of William Alexander's 'Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Russians'.
[Ref: 37909]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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Russia - Plate 4. [A Female Peasant of Finland.]
Russia - Plate 4. [A Female Peasant of Finland.]
[London: John Murray, c.1814.]
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 230 x 155mm (9 x 6"), on Whatman paper. Trimmed within plate, edges soiled.
Portrait of a Finnish woman, with an embroidered apron, from William Alexander's 'Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Russians'.
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Russia - Plate 5. [A Woman of Finland, in her Summer holiday dress.]
Russia - Plate 5. [A Woman of Finland, in her Summer holiday dress.]
[London: John Murray, c.1814.]
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 230 x 155mm (9 x 6"), on Whatman paper. Trimmed within plate, edges soiled.
Portrait of a Finnish woman, from William Alexander's 'Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Russians'.
[Ref: 37912]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Russia - Plate 6. [ A Woman of Esthonia.]
Russia - Plate 6. [ A Woman of Esthonia.]
[London: John Murray, c.1814.]
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 230 x 155mm (9 x 6"), on Whatman paper. Trimmed within plate, edges soiled.
Portrait of an Estonian woman, with an embroidered apron, from William Alexander's 'Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Russians'.
[Ref: 37911]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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View of the City of Ten-Tchoo-Foo from the anchorage of the Hindostan in the Strait of Mi-A-Tau bearing South-west.
View of the City of Ten-Tchoo-Foo from the anchorage of the Hindostan in the Strait of Mi-A-Tau bearing South-west.
Ellis sculp.t.
London, Published April 12, 1796, by G.Nicol.
Engraving. 545 x 745mm (21½ x 29¼"), on paper watermarked 'J. Whatman 1794.' Central vertical fold as published.
Three views of the Shantung Peninsula. A panoramic view of the harbour and city of Ten-Tchoo-Foo is shown at the bottom. Cape Macartney, Staunton's Island and Cape Gower are illustrated above. Plate 7 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China. See item ref: 37515, 'Narrative of the British Embassy to China In the Years 1792, 1793 and 1794' for a detailed account of Æneas Anderson's voyage to China in the service of Lord Macartney, including a list of the retinue of Lord Macartney and a Glossary of Chinese words.
[Ref: 38153]   £250.00   (£300.00 incl.VAT)
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View in Turon Bay.
View in Turon Bay.
W. Alexander del. J. Landseer sculp.t.
London, published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving, very large margins. On watermerked paper, 'J. Whatman 1794.' Platemark: 250 x 210mm. (9¾ x 8¼").
A view in Vietnam of a beach with a thatched dwelling and figures watching a boat approaching land with dignitaries under parasols at the bow. Two sailing ships can be seen behind at left with mountains in the distance. Plate 15 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China. See item ref: 37515, 'Narrative of the British Embassy to China In the Years 1792, 1793 and 1794' for a detailed account of Æneas Anderson's voyage to China in the service of Lord Macartney, including a list of the retinue of Lord Macartney and a Glossary of Chinese words.
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[Vietnam] Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittlecock with their Feet.
[Vietnam] Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittlecock with their Feet.
W. Alexander del. J. Landseer & J. Shirt sculp.
London, Published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving, very large margins. On watermarked paper, 'J. Whatman 1794.' Platemark: 210 x 255mm. (8¼ x 10").
A game played with a shuttlecock by the inhabitants of a village in the Cochinchina region, now encompassing the southern part of Vietnam. Plate 14 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China. See item ref: 37515, 'Narrative of the British Embassy to China In the Years 1792, 1793 and 1794' for a detailed account of Æneas Anderson's voyage to China in the service of Lord Macartney, including a list of the retinue of Lord Macartney and a Glossary of Chinese words.
[Ref: 38151]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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[Vietnam] Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittlecock [sic] with their Feet.
[Vietnam] Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittlecock [sic] with their Feet.
W. Alexander del. J. Landseer & J. Shirt sculp.
London, Published April 12, 1796, by G. Nicol.
Engraving, very large margins. Platemark: 210 x 255mm. (8¼ x 10").
A game played with a shuttlecock by the inhabitants of a village in the Cochinchina region, now encompassing the southern part of Vietnam. Plate 14 from Sir George Staunton's 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', describing the expedition of Lord Macartney (1737 - 1806) as the first British ambassador to China. See item ref: 37515, 'Narrative of the British Embassy to China In the Years 1792, 1793 and 1794' for a detailed account of Æneas Anderson's voyage to China in the service of Lord Macartney, including a list of the retinue of Lord Macartney and a Glossary of Chinese words.
[Ref: 40026]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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