Anderson was McCartney's servant during the trip. Fascinating account of this first diplomatic mission to China in 1793 led by Earl McCartney and Sir George Staunton.
This was an important trip, in that An embassy to China was a new event in the diplomatic history of this country, and very naturally excited a general curiosity concerning it... Excellent and interesting first-hand account of China in the late 1700s -- the members of the expedition were astounded by it's beauty.
Contains a list of the men accompanying McCartney, an account of the voyage, as well as the city and embassy in Peking, the city of Canton, Macau, Jehol, plus a glossary of Chinese words. The author also added the journal of the Lion and the Hindostan from Chufan to Canton, as it contains much curious and useful information relative to the navigation of a long rage of the coasts of China not generally known... Just some of the fascinating narrative. Their heads [of the soldiers] are shaved round the crown, ears, and neck except a small part on the back of the head, where the hair, which is encouraged to grow to a great length, hands down their backs in a plait and is tied at the end with a riband. They wear a shallow straw hat very neatly made..
The women at these places, of whom we saw great numbers, have their feet and ancles universally bound with red tape, to prevent, as it is said, their feet from growing of the natural size: so very tight is this bandage drawn round them, that they walk with great difficulty; and when we consider that this extraordinary practice commences with their infancy, it is rather a matter of suprize that they should be able to walk at all. I shall not omit to mention, that, this evening, two of the Chinese belonging to our junk stripped themselves naked, and, picking off the vermine, which were found in great plenty on their clothes proceeded to eat them with as much eagerness and apparent satisfaction, as if they were a gratifying and delicate food.The exterior appearance of the houses is very pleasing from the prettiness of their decoration; but they are most wretchedly furnished within, if that term can be applied, where there is very little or no furniture at all. A mandarin's palace, very finely ornamented with painting, gilding and silken streamers, a river crowded with junks and a charming country on either side of it, were the only objects that presented themselves to us, till we arrived before the city of Mee-you-mee-awng.
The streets of this city [Hoang-tchew] are very narrow, but well paved; and the houses, which are two and three stories high, being uniformly built of brick, have a very neat appearance... The warehouses of the merchants exceed an I ever saw, both for splendor and magnitude; while the shops are fitted up, both within and without, in a style of the greatest elegance. It [Wampoa] is a very beautiful and populous village, at the distance of about eighteen miles from canton. The houses are built of a lead-coloured brick, with numbers of fine trees interspersed among them. The streets of the city Canton are, in general, from fifteen to twenty feet in breadth, and paved with broad stones.
The houses seldom rise above one story, and are built of wood and brick. The shops have their fronts fancifully ornamented, with a balcony, that rises from the penthouse roof over the door, and is adorned with gilding and colours. Hardcover, bound in half leather, with gilt titles and 5 gilt-decorated raised bands on the spine, and marbled boards.9 1/2 x 12 inches. Good condition - boards are scuffed, and pages are foxed to a varying degree -- some none or very little, and a few at the center quite heavily. Former owner's name -- Joseph Davies -- written on title page. A nice copy of a scarce first edition.
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