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Illustrations of China and its People

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30377G

Scope and Contents

A volume measuring 36 x 48 cm containing plates with illustrations of various Chinese provinces, Hong Kong and Macao.

John Thomson (1837-1921) was a distinguished photographer and traveller, and this is volume I of his magnum opus, published in four volumes in 1873-74. It contains excellent Woodbury-type reproductions of his photographs taken in the early 1870s, and substantial notes on each illustration.


  • Creation: 1873


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1 volume(s) (24 images in 1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The volume was in poor condition, and lacks a title page, but has been expertly restored.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Physic Street, Canton

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The full citation for this publication is: Thomson, John (1873-1874), 'Illustrations of China and its People', London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Thomson, John, 1837-1921, photographer

Includes index.
2004-07-26 11:28:02+00:00
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