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《中国与中国人影像》 Illustrations of China and its People

 

 

古代中国最佳影集

约翰·汤姆森 《中国与中国人影像》 此套作品包括200张照片,用凸版文字描述照片上的地方和人物。初版本。4卷。其中有96张炭黑印法珂罗版整页照片。大对开(49.2 x36.2厘米)。原始带有图案的装帧,镀金,边缘稍有摩擦,轻微污点,总体为未经修复的精美版本。伦敦,1873-1874年。

稀有珍贵版本,展示了中国封建时代的形象,包括罕见的高官肖像以及大量的建筑和风景。这本书是19世纪出版的关于中国的最壮观的影集之一。1868年,约翰·汤姆森(1837-1921)搬到香港,在那里开了一家工作室,1872年,他回到英国。在这四年内,他大部分时间都在中国旅行。桑普森·洛使用了一种炭黑印法复制照片的专利技术,以最高的精确度复制汤姆森的照片。此为珂罗版的一种,有非常接近于原始印本的高分辨率,但因为成本问题,很少有书籍使用这种技术出版。第一卷和第二卷只印了600本,第三卷和第四卷的印刷量增加到了750份。它们以每卷3英镑/3便士的价格售出,在当时是相当可观的价格。

售价:65,000英镑

 

THE BEST PHOTOBOOK OF IMPERIAL CHINA

THOMSON (John).         Illustrations of China and its People. A Series of two Hundred Photographs, with letterpress descriptive of the places and people represented. First edition. 4 vols. 96 autotype plates. Large folio (49,2x36,2cm). Original pictorial cloth, gilt, some minor rubbing to edges, minor foxing, but overall a close to fine copy without any restoration. A.e.g. London, Sampson Low &c, 1873-1874.  

A very good copy of this rare work, showing superb images of Imperial China including rare portraits of high government officials as well as a large number of architectural and scenic views. This item ranks amongst the most spectacular photographically illustrated books on China published during the 19th century. John Thomson (1837-1921) moved to Hong Kong in 1868 where he opened a studio but spent much of the following four years travelling through China before returning to England in 1872. Sampson Low used a patented process called autotype to reproduce Thomson’s photographs with the highest possible accuracy. Autotype is a form of collotype which comes very close to the high resolution of the original albumen-prints and due to the cost very few books were published using this technique. Only 600 copies were printed of vol. 1&2, a small print-run that was increased to 750 copies for volumes 3&4. They were sold for £3/3s per volume, a very substantial amount at the time.

£65000

 

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