London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1924. First Edition. Original boards. Large 4to. 528pp. With a photographic frontispiece portrait (Sir Catchick Paul Chater). 5 maps (3 fold-out); numerous illustrations (18 in color with tissue guards). Errata slip tipped in. Extensive bibiliography; Index. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover in original printed dustjacket; housed in uncommon publisher's cardboard slipcase. A near fine copy in very good dustjacket; slipcase is worn and splitting. Item #18766
The book was compiled by curator 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, documenting this unsurpassed collection of 430 China trade paintings and engravings, including the historical context relating to each work. Depicted are paintings (oils and watercolors), sketches, prints, photographs, and maps of landscape scenes of the South China trading ports (Hong Kong, Canton, etc.). 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 (1846-1926) was a prominent British businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong.