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The Chater collection. Pictures relating to China, Hongkong, Macao, 1655 – 1860

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With historical and descriptive letterpress. London : Thornton Butterworth, 1924. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth (small marks to lower edges of boards), top edge gilt, bookplate to front pastedown, small ink blot to verso of frontispiece, pp. 528, numerous colour and black and white plates, tissue guards; a very good copy. Limited to 750 numbered copies.

“The book was compiled by James Orange in 1924 and is one of the most significant historical sources for China, Hong Kong and Macau in the 18th and 19th centuries and of British activities in China. The Chater collection was dispersed and largely destroyed during the Japanese occupation and only 94 items are known to have survived (these now form an important part of the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art). Sir Catchick Paul Chater (September 1846 ? – May 1926) was a prominent British businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong. He was born in Calcutta, British India and moved to Hong Kong in 1864. He was appointed to the Executive Council of Hong Kong in 1896 and was knighted in 1902. The contents of this book comprise more than 430 oil paintings, water-colour, ink and pencil drawings, mezzotints, etchings, aquatints, engravings, coloured and plain lithographs, of which 18 are reproduced in colour and 243 in half-tone plates. They also have a library of 54 books relating to China. This book is a very rare historical source relating to the Museum’s Chinese collection as it provides an important visual and historical insight into the western influence on China during the 18th and 19th centuries.” – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences