1962. First Edition. The Pioneer Histories series.
Published by Longmans, London.
Cover is hard bound in Orange cloth. In Good condition. Edge-wear. Some marks.
Dust Jacket is present. In Good condition. Chips. Stain along bottom of front panel. Marks. Synopsis on flaps. Price is clipped.
End papers are intact. Pencil marks on front fly. Book seller’s label on front pastedown.
Preliminaries - frontispiece, quote, contents, preface, introduction. Foxing.
Main text body - xvi, 421 pages. In Very Good condition.
Back matter - notes, selected Chinese characters, index.
Edges are even. Top foxed and tanned.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Blue title panel with Gilt lettering. Ends bumped.
Page structure is sound with no missing pages.
Lord Macartney’s journal is both an absorbing travel book and at the same time a revealing account of England’s diplomatic relations with China at the end of the eighteenth century. Lord Macartney was an extremely able diplomat who had outstanding powers of description and analysis. Towards the end of his career he was sent to the court of the Emperor Ch’ien-lung by King George III as England’s first ambassador to China. Hitherto no Englishman had seen China from the inside. Macartney not only penetrated the empire itself but met its highest officials in an attempt to open conventional diplomatic relations. Although he failed in this, he left an account of his experiences which is a masterpiece, combining the shrewdness of the professional diplomat with a gift for writing.