《中国航道》，皇家八开本（23.2 x 15厘米）正文共234页。出版商的淡蓝色卡纸书封，书脊用相配的彩色纸重新包装。
The China Pilot. Part 1. East Coast from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Chiefly from the Surveys of Captain Collinson, R.N., C.B. edited by Robert Loney - together with - Large Folio atlas containing 25 large double-page Admiralty.
Captain Richard Collinson, Robert Loney.
Published by order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, London, Charts as Detailed
The rare first edition of the ‘China Pilot’ published in 1855, housed in a custom leather clamshell case, contains sailing directions for the East Coast of China from Hong Kong to Shanghai, including the Meiaco-sima, Loochoo, and the islands to the north-east of them. The work was drawn up by Captain Collinson, C.B. from the first Britsh naval surveys of the China coast made by himself, Captain Kellett, C.B. and Lieutenants Bate and Gordon, R.N., between the years 1841-5, and the appendix from surveys of Captain F.W. Beechey, Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., Rear Admiral Cecille, and the officers of the French Corvette La Sabine, and the United States Japanese Expedition, 1851-3.
The large (70x55cm) and finely bound folio atlas contains 25 sea charts (ten are double page), published between 1840 and 1860. Of which 22 are British Admiralty charts including those of the First Survey of the China Coast by Collinson and Kellett. The remaining three are French Charts. All marked XVII (with the exception of map 13 and 20, marked XVI, and the three French maps) indicating they were from a British Navy chart box.
The China Pilot - Royal octavo (23.2x15cm) pp. vi  234 . In publisher’s pale blue card wrappers, spine rebacked in matching colour paper.
Condition : Near fine, some toning to pages. Charts mostly in fine condition, small number with a modicum of faint spotting, binding fine. [Ref:108427]