New York: Harper & Brothers, 1847. First American Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. xv, 467 pp. 12 plates, including frontispiece; folding map. Publisher's purple blindstamped cloth with gilt illustration of a ship on front cover; gilt lettering & decoration to spine. Light general wear; some internal foxing; else a near fine copy of the scarce US first edition. Item #18797
George Smith (1815-1871) was a missionary in China and the Anglican bishop of Victoria (Hong Kong) from 1849 to 1865, the first of this newly established diocese. The primary object of his tour among the newly-opened cities of China was to explore the ground, and to prepare the way for other missionaries of the Church of England, by collecting statistical facts, by recording general observations, and by furnishing detailed data for rightly estimating the moral, social, and political condition of that peculiar nation." - Preface.