Guide to, or descriptive catalogue of the Chinese Museum, in the Marlboro' Chapel, Boston, with miscellaneous remarks upon the government, history, religions, literature, agriculture, arts, trades, manners, and customs of the Chinese. John R. Peters.
Guide to, or descriptive catalogue of the Chinese Museum, in the Marlboro' Chapel, Boston, with miscellaneous remarks upon the government, history, religions, literature, agriculture, arts, trades, manners, and customs of the Chinese

Guide to, or descriptive catalogue of the Chinese Museum, in the Marlboro' Chapel, Boston, with miscellaneous remarks upon the government, history, religions, literature, agriculture, arts, trades, manners, and customs of the Chinese

Boston: Eastburn's Press, 1845. 8vo, pp. 152; original pictorial green front wrapper, back wrapper wanting, and front wrapper present, but detached; moderate foxing; all else very good. Five characters in Chinese are printed upside down on wrapper and title page, suggesting this is an early if not first state as all previous copies we have seen are correct. A case by case description of the contents of the museum's exhibit. Most of the descriptions are detailed, and diverge into long comments about Chinese society and culture. The museum showed "41 cases displaying approximately 800 objects related to Chinese fine arts, agriculture, costume, and other customs," but did not survive for more than 2 years before becoming insolvent, with the collection moving to Philadelphia, possibly to join the collection already established there by Nathaniel Dunn. Item #60686

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