Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1859. First edition. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 8vo. xiii,(1),402; xi,(1),496pp. Illustrated with 18 full page colored lithographs, numerous woodblock illustrations in text, and five folding maps. Contemporary binding of crimson morocco, spines in six compartments with raised bands, intricately gilt, top edges gilt, marbled paper sides and endpapers. Traces of rubbing and wear to the edges and corners but a near fine set.
Laurence Oliphant (1829-1888) was private secretary to Lord Elgin and assembled a history of the proceedings of the Special Mission to China and Japan. A year was passed in each country.
British and French forces had seized Canton in 1856, precipitating a new Anglo-Chinese War. Elgin was sent and helped negotiate the Treaties of Tientsin by late June 1858 to end the War.
Scarce. An American edition was issued in 1860. Only one copy of this first edition noted in OCLC, in the copyright deposit of the University of St Andrews.
. Near fine. Item #21060