From China, With Love
“Ten Thousand Chinese Things.” Philadelphia: Printed for the proprietor, 1839.
This catalogue is a remnant of an exhibition that helped shape American popular perceptions of China. U.S. merchant and philanthropist Nathan Dunn had gathered a vast collection of artifacts during his time in the China trade. These were displayed in the Chinese Museum in Philadelphia from 1838-1841. The pamphlet includes a catalog of the collection, and it also contains remarks upon the manners, customs, trade, and government of the Chinese empire.