Staunton: Miscellaneous notices relating to China

George Thomas Staunton, Miscellaneous notices relating to China, and our commercial intercourse with that country, including a few translations from the Chinese language. Second edition; enlarged in 1822, and accompanied, in 1850, by introductory observations on the events which have affected our Chinese commerce during that interval (London: John Murray, 1822-1850).

  • Bibliographic reference: Löwendahl, vol. 2, p. 195 (no. 1115)
  • Digitized:
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    > Google Books (provenance: New York Public Library, digitized: 31 October 2007)
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  • Entry in Wiener China-Bibliographie

For the 1822 edition see
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> HATHI Trust

George Thomas Staunton (1781-1859), son of George Leonard Staunton (1737-1801). Father and son accompanied Lord Macartney (1737-1806) on his diplomatic mission to China (1792/94). In 1798, George Thomas Staunton was appointed writer in the East India Company’s factory at Canton (in 1808, he became chief interpreter). He translated the penal code (Da Qing lüli) of the Chinese (Ta Tsing Leu Lee, 1810). After returing to Britain (1817), Staunton started a political career. In 1822, he was one of the founders of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain.
On Staunton see Richard Davenport-Hines, ‘Staunton, Sir George Thomas, second baronet (1781–1859)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 24 April 2010]

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