Rare Books Exhibition
Travellers in the Far East
17 June to 20 August 1999
This exhibition includes works from the 16th to the early 20th
century, from Marco Polo to "Chinese" Morrison. There are 17th and 18th
century maps of the area, and photographic albums from the 1890s.
The area covered is from the "Far-East", from India to China and
Japan. Among the highlights are several books on the Earl of Macartney's
mission to China in 1792 to 1794, including a colour-plate book The
Costumes of China. There are books on South-East Asia from the early
19th century by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, and
"Rajah" Brooke. There are many more famous or not so famous names
represented, all with their stories to tell of the unwesternised-East.
You may also read the text of the catalogue