Opinions of the Press on the Chinese Collection [Of M. Dunn]

Opinions of the Press on the Chinese Collection [Of M. Dunn]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...in Paris or London, he observed, " that territory must be very small whose inhabitants were obliged to pile their houses to the clouds: " and, in a poem on London, by a Chinese visitor, it is stated, --" The houses are so loft that you may pluck the stars." The collection we are about cursorily to notice, has been formed by an American gentleman, Mr. Nathan Dunn, who resided in China for a period of twelve years, and experienced more courtesy from the Chinese than generally falls to the lot of foreigners. Mr. Dunn was, moreover, assisted in his labours by Howqua, Tingqua, and other Hong merchants of note; and who, in this instance, seemed to rise above the prejudices of their countrymen, in being most " willing to communicate." The design at first was merely to collect a few rare specimens for a private cabinet; but the appetite grew with what it fed upon, and thus Mr. Dunn has assembled what may, without exaggeration, be termed the Chinese world in miniature; and, it is equally true, that by means of this collection, we may, " in some sense, analyse the mental and moral qualities of the Chinese, and gather some knowledge of their idols, their temples, their pa odas, their bridges, their arts, their sciences, their manufactures, t eir trades, their fancies, their parlours, their drawing-rooms, their clothes, their finer, their ornaments, their weapons of war, their vessels, their dwel ings, and the thousand et ceteras which make up their moving and living world." The beauty, rarity, novelty, and extreme singularity of these " curiosities" are very striking. A single article illustrates whole pages of written description. The visitor appears to have the living Chinese in the images...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905520
  • 9781236905529