Content: Published anonymously. Halkett (cited below) gives George Henry Mason as author; Mason's name is on title page of The costume of China, published by Miller in 1800. Mason, a British army officer, collected the drawings in Canton in 1789-1790, probably purchasing them from shops specializing in images for the export trade. Cf. preface to The costume of China; for detailed discussion, cf. The hypothetical mandarin / Eric Hayot. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009, pages 50-94 (chapter 2, "The compassion trade").
Content: "Printed by W. Wilson, 4, Greville-Street, London"--Colophon.
Content: Originally published in 1801, with publisher information as above, except "W. Bulmer." "This is a late reprint, as is shown by the watermarks, of the 1804 edition [which named William Bulmer and Co. as printer on title page and in colophon] ... The text, but not the title-page, has been reset, and printed by Wilson instead of Bulmer ... It is likely that, despite the unaltered title-page ... [it] was in fact published by by Thomas M'Lean"--Abbey (cited below). Watermarks in Abbey copy: Text, 1818, J Whatman 1818; plates, J Whatman Turkey Mills 1819, J Whatman 1819, J Whatman 1820.
Version identification: Watermarks in NYPL copy: Text, 1816; 1818; 4 plates, Turkey Mills J Whatman 1819. NN
Version identification: Watermarks in HRC copy: Text leaves watermarked 1818; plates watermarked 1819. TxAuHRH
Statement of responsibility: Contains 22 full-page hand-colored stipple engravings by J. Dadley, each signed: "Engraved by Dadley, for W. Miller, Old Bond Strt., London, Jany. 1, 1801."
Content: Halkett cites the 1801 edition.
Language: English and French. Added title page, with title in French: Les punitions des Chinois : représentés en vingt-deux gravures : avec des explications en anglais et en français.