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John Thomson, born in Edinburgh, was the first Western photographer to travel widely through the length and breadth of China. This unit is a full reproduction of his celebrated Illustrations of China and Its People: A Series of Two Hundred Photographs, with Letterpress Descriptive of the Places and People Represented, published in four volumes from 1873 to 1874. Images courtesy of Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
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Illustrations of China
& Its People. Vols. 1–4

by John Thomson

VOL. 1
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VOL. 2
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VOL. 3
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VOL. 4
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