London: John Murray, 1817.
First edition. Frontispiece portrait, 3 engraved maps (one large folding), and 7 hand-colored aquatint plates. [viii], 526,  pp. 1 vols. 4to. Later half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, marbled edges. Scattered foxing and some ink marginalia, but a nice copy Abbey Travel 536; Cordier 239304; Hill 542; Prideaux pp 250-1, 335; Tooley 208. Item #314864
Ellis was third commissioner of this short-lived embassy to China in 1816. "Lord Amherst and his retinue were sent home after Amherst refused to 'kow-tow' (nine strikings of the forehead on the ground) at his presentation to the Emperor Khien Lunk in Peking. As if this was not enough, their ship, the Alceste, was wrecked off the coast of Sumatra on the return home ... [A]nother ship was found ... [and] on the return voyage the ship stopped at St. Helena, and included in the present text is Ellis's interview with Napoléon Bonaparte. On the journey out, the Alceste had visited Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Java, and Macao. This edition ... is much prized" (Hill).
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