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The rice manufactury in China : from the originals brought from China.

London : Printed for Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, John Bowles, No. 13, in Cornhil, & Robert Sayer in Fleet Street, [1770?]
Physical Description:
24 leaves : all ill. ; 25 x 37 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A S 9
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
The engravings are based upon the influential Yuzhi gengzhi (Imperially commissioned illustrations of agriculture and sericulture).
Plates engraved by John June; after Augustin Heckel.
Date from British Museum catalogue.
Title page is engraved.
Sayer & Bennett's catalogue of prints for 1775, p. 94-95
BAC: British Art Center copy in wrappers; stitched.
Subject Terms:
Bowles, Carington -- Publisher.
Bowles, John, 1701-1779 -- Publisher.
China -- History -- 18th century.
Etching -- Specimens -- 1770.
Rice -- China.
Sayer, Robert -- Publisher.
June, John, engraver.
Heckel, Augustin, approximately 1690-1770, ill.
Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793, publisher.
Bowles, John, 1701-1779, publisher.
Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794, publisher.
IIIF Manifest:

  • 1. Engraved title page
  • 2. The method of soaking the rice to make it ponderous, that it may sink to the bottom of the water when sowed
  • 3. Plowing the ground on which the rice is to be sowed
  • 4. Harrowing the ground
  • 5. Raking the ground after the first time of harrowing
  • 6. Laying the ground smooth and even for the rice, by a second harrowing
  • 7. Two Chinese sowing the rice in water
  • 8. The Chinese farmer viewing the rice plants when grown up
  • 9. Putting fresh water on the young plants
  • 10. Taking up the young plants in order to set them in fresh ground
  • 11. Planting out the young rice in a regular order
  • 12. Examining if the plants have taken root and fastning them in the ground
  • 13. Weeding the rice. The master overlooking the workmen
  • 14. The farmer's wife and daughter carrying provisions to the men
  • 15. Poring fresh water on the plants
  • 16. Reaping
  • 17. Laying the sheaves up in ricks
  • 18. Threshing the rice
  • 19. Breaking the husks
  • 20. Sifting the rice
  • 21. Winnowing the rice
  • 22. Grinding the rice
  • 23. Laying the rice up in the store houses
  • 24. The Chinese Thanksgiving for a good harvest.

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