London: John Murray, 1817. First Edition. Leather bound. 4to. vii, (1), 526, (2) pp. Engraved frontispiece; 3 engraved maps (1 large folding); 7 color plates. Contemporary full leather; gilt lettering & decoration on spine; marbled page edges and endpapers. Contemporary bookbinder label "Jacques Chichester." A very good copy; some internal foxing and darkening to pages; wear to extremities, with corners showing through; the aquatint plates are clean and colors crisp. Item #18791
Sir Henry Ellis (1788 – 1855) was a British diplomat and politician. In 1816 Ellis accompanied William Pitt Amherst, 2nd Baron Amherst on his embassy to China, in the capacity of third commissioner. On their return from China in the HMS Alceste, Amherst and Ellis were wrecked off Borneo. They were forced to make for Java in an open boat, and reached Batavia after a voyage of several hundred miles. They went back to rescue the other survivors, in the Indiaman Ternate. Ellis reported that an impression could be produced at Beijing only by a knowledge of the military strength of the United Kingdom. Ellis published in 1817 this authorised narrative of the journey and transactions of the Amherst embassy. - wiki. "This edition, with hand-colored aquatints, is much prized." - Hill 542.