Folio (310 x 215 mm), original decorated silk covered boards with ties, 24 hand-coloured plates with printed explanations on facing tissue guard, original decorated silk covered boards with ties, silk endpapers.
These beautiful plates of court and other Chinese and Manchu costumes were hand-coloured by a famous awmily of court painters who served the Qing Court. In this forword Jowett states that each image is “authentic in detail and colour and wonderfully executed”.
First and only edition. A very nice copy well preserved