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Aeneas Anderson in China
Aeneas Anderson in China

Aeneas Anderson in China

A Narrative Of The Ill-fated Macartney Embassy 1792-94


356 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $25.99 (US $25.99) (CA $34.99)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9789888552450

Rights: WOR X UK, EUR & CN

Earnshaw Books (Jan 2020)

Price: $25.99


Lord Macartney's mission to open up China in 1792 failed, but it did give the Western world its first glimpse of the secretive Middle Kingdom through the memoirs written by eight different members of the embassy. The most lively and accessible of the books was written by Aeneas Anderson, Lord Macartney's valet. China scholar Frances Wood introduces Anderson's account of the two-year adventure, which make clear that the valet was seeing far more of China than his master was. His descriptions of life in China and Manchuria in the late 18th century are a hugely valuable and very readable resource, and Frances Wood is as insightful as always.

Author Biography

Frances Wood was Curator of the Chinese collections at the British Library for nearly 30 years. She was responsible for the joint British Museum-British Library exhibition on the Macartney Embassy in 1992. Her work on the collections includes books and essays on the Silk Road and the Stein collection, a survey of Sir Hans Sloane's Chinese books and an essay on William Alexander's sketches made on the Embassy. A graduate of both Cambridge and Peking universities, she has published many books, including Did Marco Polo Go to China? and No Dogs and not many Chinese.