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DeWit: China
Frederick DeWit. "Tabula Tartariae et Majoris partis Regni China." Amsterdam, circa. 1680. 17 1/4 x 21 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Brown colors corroded some paper; archival backing to repair and strengthen. Otherwise, good condition.

Although titled "Tartariae" the map shows from the Caspian Sea through India and China and as far east as Japan. The northern part shows present-day Mongolia and farther north but with the Kamchatka Peninsula missing from eastern Russia. Japan and "Yedso" are shown according to the information that came from DeVries' voyage. As in the Janson map above, the Great Wall is shown prominently, as is the mythical "Chiammay" Lake. A fascinating map of an area relatively little known in Europe in the seventeenth century. $750



Covens & Mortier: Asia
Guillaume Delisle. "Carte Des Indes et de la Chine." Amsterdam: Jean Covens & Cornelius Mortier, ca. 1730. 24 1/4 x 24 1/2. Engraving. Original outline hand color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

A highly detailed map of Asia by Guillaume Delisle (1675-1726), the leading French cartographer of the eighteenth century and one of the greatest of all time. He is known as the "father of scientific cartography" because he was the first publisher to use methods of mensuration and triangulation in map preparation. According to Tooley, "his work was highly rated, not only by his own countrymen, but by the world at large." (Maps and Mapmakers, p. 43), and he was certainly "the most prominent figure at the beginning of the century." (Ibid.)

Asia was an area of great interest to eighteenth century Europeans, and this map shows a gradual expansion of their geographic knowledge of the region. This map, by Delisle, presents as up-to-date and correct information as was available. Depictions of towns, rivers, political divisions, and some topography are neatly and clearly presented. From West to East the map shows Tartaria at its western extreme, all of India, Southeast Asia, the East Indies, China, Korea, and Japan. The publishers of this edition of the map, Jean Covens and Cornelius Mortier, purchased Delisle's plates after his death, and continued to issue the maps from their press in Amsterdam. They enhanced their issues with the use of hand color, well evidenced in this attractive and interesting historical document. $1,200



Cary New Map of China
John Cary. "A New Map of China." London: J. Cary, 1801. From New Universal Atlas. 18 x 20. Engraving. Full original hand color. Small spot near center; smudges in margins. Else, very good condition.

Amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, British naval power was rising, and mapmaking as an art and science kept pace. Cary used existing maps and new surveys to provide his clients with the most up-to-date information on all parts of the world. Inaccuracies might be evident, but they reflect the state of knowledge in western Europe when they were made. This was the best information then available by a man, who, with his sons, was one of the most prominent makers of maps and globes in the World. $425



Wilkinson: China
"China, Contains 15 Subject Provinces, including the 2 Islands of Hainan | Formosa and the Tributary Kingdoms of Korea | Tonkin." From Robert Wilkinson's General Atlas of the World, Quarters, Empires, Kingdoms, States etc. with Appropriate Tables. London: Robert Wilkinson, 1801. 8 3/4 x 11. Engraving by J. Roper. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A typically detailed and neat British map of China. Detail includes towns, rivers, and some other topography. Political divisions are shown with contrasting colors. With the lovely hand color and precise engraving, the map is decorative as well as historically interesting. $245



Cary: Chinese & Independent Tartary folio
John Cary. "A New Map of Chinese & Independent Tartary, from the latest authorities." From Cary's New Universal Atlas. London: J. Cary, 1806. 18 x 20. Engraving. Full original hand color. Some light spots in margins. Else, very good condition.

This map was drawn, engraved and published by John Cary (fl. 1769-1836) in London for the 1801 edition of his New Universal Atlas. Amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, British Naval power was rising, and mapmaking as both art and science kept pace. Cary used existing maps and new surveys to provide his clients with the most up-to-date information on all parts of the world. Inaccuracies may be evident, but they reflect the knowledge in western Europe at the time they were made. This map shows East Asia with excellent and geographically depicted detail. The original hand color adds a strong decorative appeal to this historic map. $325



Cary: Chinese & Independent Tartary quarto
John Cary. "Chinese and Independent Tartary." From Cary's New Universal Atlas. London: J. Cary, 1816. 9 1/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Excellent condition.

This map was drawn, engraved and published by John Cary (fl 1769-1836) in London for the 1816 quarto edition of his New Universal Atlas. It shows cities and roads as well as topographical details. $195



C. Gros. "Geographical and Historical Map of China." From C. V. Lavoisne's A Complete Genealogical, Historical & Chronological Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey & Son, 1821. 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 (map), 16 1/2 x 20 1/8 (full page with text). Engraving by Young. Original hand color. Minor browning along center seam and outside margins; chips in upper right margin. Otherwise, very good condition.

A very informative map of the East from Lavoisne's Historical Atlas. The maps from this atlas are wonderful both for their attractive geography, and for the historic text which surrounds each map. The text provides information on the religion, geography, climate, and "manner" of the people. Also included is a chronological sketch of China's history. A small section is also dedicated to the Empire of Japan. $125



Thomas Cowperthwait: China
"China." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 11 1/4 x 14 1/4. Engraving. Full original color. Full margins. Very good condition.

An excellent map of China from the Philadelphia firm of Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. from the period when Philadelphia dominated American mapmaking. The Thomas, Cowperthwait firm purchased many of its maps from the well known firm of Samuel Augustus Mitchell, and reissued their maps. The map shows China at an interesting time in its history, the eve of the largest uprising in modern Chinese history - the Taiping Rebellion. $125



Colton: China
J.H. Colton. "Colton's China." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. 12 3/4 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand outline color. Decorative border. Very good condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. Typical of the American atlases at the time, the regions are differentiated by contrasting colors and the entire map is surrounded by a decorative Victorian border. Also included are insets of Canton and Amoy. $85



Philip: Chinese & Japanese Ports
London Geographical Institute. Pl 13. "Chinese and Japanese Ports." with insets including "The Mainland of Japan with the Islands of Kiushiu & Shikoku," and "Tokio Bay." London: George Philip & Son, 1916. 19 1/4 x 26 1/4. Printed in full color. Very good condition.

A bright, early twentieth century political and transportation map of Japan and Eastern China. The size allows the map good detail of each island and its major towns, as well as details on steamer routes and the Great Wall. Four charts show distances between ports. $110



Philip: Chinese & Japanese Ports
F.I. Burnham. "Map of Manchuria and Adjacent Regions, showing Railroads and Principal Motor Routes." Washington, DC: US Department of State Map Series, 1933. 26 5/8 x 21. Engraved and printed in color by US Geological Survey. Very good condition.

A large travel map with a handy "Index of Geographic Names," at right. Fascinating and detailed. $150



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