Chinese Irrigating Machine
Worked by Buffalo

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While in China, one expedition member observed and recorded the types of agricultural machinery in use. That member, G.R. West, recorded several types of mills. Four lithographs depict this agricultural machinery.

These machines included:

  • Rice milling devices. (Plate I)
  • Irrigation mill - animal powered. (Plate II) - This Lithograph
  • Irrigation mill - Chinese powered. (Plate III)
  • Grinding mill. (Plate IV)

Volume II of the Narrative is composed of a series of reports, most by expedition members on the topography, geology, botany, agriculture, and resources of the countries visited.

This tinted lithograph is from a paper entitled The Agriculture of China. This report in Volume II was prepared by G. R. West

The titles/lettering read:

  • J.B Mefferr del

  • Ackerman Lith 379 Broad N.Y.

  • Plate IV


Small 4mm tear in right margin. Nice clean lithograph. Normal ragged bottom (spine) edge. Series of puncture holes 11cm above bottom (spine) margin. Paper thickness is 8.5mm.

Landscape Format

Page Size (cm): 28.7x22.5

Image Size (cm): Width-23.2, Height-15.7, Diagonal-28.1


Attribution: This lithograph has been positively confirmed to be from the Beverley Tucker, Senate Printing (1856), of the Narrative.

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