The punishments of China : illustrated by twenty-two engravings : with explanations in English and French

Collection Data

Dadley, J. (Engraver)
Mason, George Henry (Author)
Miller, William, 1769-1844 (Publisher)
McLean, T. (Thomas) (Publisher)
Wilson, William, active 1811-1839 (Printer)
W. Bulmer and Co. (Printer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1804
Place: London
Publisher: Printed for William Miller by William Bulmer and Co.
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection
Shelf locator: 3-MMR+ (Mason, G. H. Punishments of China)
Punishment & torture
Criminal justice, Administration of
Clothing & dress
Manners & customs
Content: Published anonymously. Halkett (cited below) gives George Henry Mason as author; Mason's name is on title page of The costume of China, published by Miller in 1800. Mason, a British army officer, collected the drawings in Canton in 1789-1790, probably purchasing them from shops specializing in images for the export trade. Cf. preface to The costume of China; for detailed discussion, cf. The hypothetical mandarin / Eric Hayot. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009, pages 50-94 (chapter 2, "The compassion trade").
Content: "Printed by W. Wilson, 4, Greville-Street, London"--Colophon.
Content: Originally published in 1801, with publisher information as above, except "W. Bulmer." "This is a late reprint, as is shown by the watermarks, of the 1804 edition [which named William Bulmer and Co. as printer on title page and in colophon] ... The text, but not the title-page, has been reset, and printed by Wilson instead of Bulmer ... It is likely that, despite the unaltered title-page ... [it] was in fact published by by Thomas M'Lean"--Abbey (cited below). Watermarks in Abbey copy: Text, 1818, J Whatman 1818; plates, J Whatman Turkey Mills 1819, J Whatman 1819, J Whatman 1820.
Version identification: Watermarks in NYPL copy: Text, 1816; 1818; 4 plates, Turkey Mills J Whatman 1819. NN
Version identification: Watermarks in HRC copy: Text leaves watermarked 1818; plates watermarked 1819. TxAuHRH
Statement of responsibility: Contains 22 full-page hand-colored stipple engravings by J. Dadley, each signed: "Engraved by Dadley, for W. Miller, Old Bond Strt., London, Jany. 1, 1801."
Content: Halkett cites the 1801 edition.
Language: English and French. Added title page, with title in French: Les punitions des Chinois : représentés en vingt-deux gravures : avec des explications en anglais et en français.
Physical Description
Extent: [54] p., 22 leaves of plates : 22 col. ill. ; 38 cm.
Stipple engravings
Hand coloring
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 3463456
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13943556
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f360c050-c6b8-012f-9734-58d385a7bc34
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