Publication, Illustrations of China and Its People, Vol 4

‘Illustrations of China and Its People’ in four volumes contains plates, illustrations and substantial notes on various Chinese provinces, including Hong Kong and Macau. Its author, John Thomson, was a Scottish photo-journalist who travelled in Asia during the 1860s and 1870s.

The value of the publication lies in the fact that the author managed to combine words with the mechanical reproduction of photographs of places visited and people encountered. Similar publications of the day, like the ‘...

Summary

2007/19/4
Publication, 'Illustrations of China and Its People: A series of Two Hundred Photographs with Letterpress Descriptive of Places and People Represented', Volume 4, by John Thomson FRGS, in four volumes, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, Chiswick Press, printed by Whittingham and Wilkins, London, England, 1873-1874

Volume 4 in a four volume set of A3 sized leather covered books.

Dimensions

482 mm
367 mm
26 mm

Production

The author of the publication is John Thomson. John Thomson, FRGS (14/6/1837 - 7/10/1921 Edinburgh) photo-journalist and documentary style photographer who managed to technically combine words with mechanical reproduction of photographs for general publication.

Thomson's involvement with wet-plate photography in South-east and East Asia over a ten-year period in the 1860s and 1870s (departing Shanghai around 1873) was pioneering work which culminated in the publication of the 4 volume book set titled 'Illustrations of China and its people'.

He is also noted for his documentary style photographs of 19th English life through a book, co-authored with Adolphe Smith, called Street life in London (1877).

As Instructor of Photography for the Royal Geographical Society, Thomson tutored many explorers of the day, promoting the use of photography as a documentary tool.

The volume was published by Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, Chiswick Press and printed by Wittingham and Wilkins, London, England, 1873-1874.
1873-1874
Thomson, John 1860-1870

History

Morrison, Alastair

Source

Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Alastair Morrison, 2001
19 February, 2007

Cite this Object

Publication, Illustrations of China and Its People, Vol 4 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <https://ma.as/364765>
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