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    Jean-Baptiste Du Halde: A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: Containing the Geography and History (Natural as Well as Civil) of Those Countries. (London: T. Gardner for Edward Cave, 1738 and 1741), first edition, two volumes, 678 pages and 388 pages respectively, in total 13 wood cut plates, 9 wood cut plans, 42 wood cut maps, general map of China hand-colored in outline, half leather (morocco) with marbled boards, edges and endpapers, gilt titles and decoration, five raised bands on spine of each volume, elephant folio (10.5" x 16.5"), light rubbing to boards, corners worn, exterior hinges just starting to crack, very light age toning to extreme edges of pages, small water stain starting at page 385 of volume two through index, former owner's bookplate on the second ffep of each volume, complete and escaping the usual pilfering of maps and plates, in very good condition. The internal contents of this set are near fine. This is a superb set.

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