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The Viceroy of Canton Jui-Lin - at the time Thomson was in China Canton was the main port for trade with the West.
Rare early photographs revealing what life in China looked like for the first time to the 19th century public have emerged 140 years after they were taken.
The stunning collection - comprising 200 black and white photographs of Far East landscapes and wide-ranging personal portraits of everybody from rural peasants to senior government officials - was the first volume of photos from the region to ever be included in a travel book.
Produced at a time when camera technology was still in its infancy, they were taken by celebrated Scottish photographer John Thomson between 1873 and 1874 during a 4,000-mile expedition across the country.
And now one of the last remaining copies of the album still known to exist is set to go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London on November 7 with an estimate of £35,000.