WHITEHEAD, P. J. P., & P. I. Edwards.
Chinese Natural History Drawings
selected from the Reeves Collection in the British Museum (Natural History).
First and limited edition, number 313 of 400 copies. A handsomely produced facsimile edition of a selection from the important and stunning collection of natural history paintings collected by John Reeves (1774-1856), a collector and artist who was based in Canton as the East India Company’s chief inspector of tea. “Reeves is best-known by specialists for his collection of natural history drawings, later deposited in the Royal Horticultural Society and the Natural History Museum of London. While in Canton and Macau, Reeves commissioned native artists under his supervision to draw plants and other objects of natural history as scientific data” (ODNB).
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Folio. Original brown quarter morocco, gilt lettered spine, cream-coloured sides with gilt arms of the Reeves family on the front cover, top edges gilt, brown endpapers. House in the original suede-lined, brown cloth solander box with the gilt arms of the Reeves family on the front. 20 fine collotype plates (10 of flora, 10 of fauna) with tissue guards intact, letterpress printed in dark brown. An excellent copy.