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John Cary. "A New Map of the East India Isles, From the Latest Authorities." London: J. Cary, 1801. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into six sections and mounted on linen. 18 x 20 1/4. Full, original hand color. Excellent 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 the entire East Indies with excellent and geographically depicted detail. The original hand color adds a strong decorative appeal to this historic map. $450

Church Missionary Society. "Missionary Tour in India." London: George Philip & Son, ca. 1900. Separately issued folding map mounted on linen. 25 3/4 x (assembled; 39 x 29, each sheet). Chromolithograph. With marble endpapers. Light wear at folds; otherwise, excellent condition.

Published by the Church Missionary Society, an Anglican organization founded in the midst of the Wesleyan revival of the late eighteenth century, this map highlights the missions focus that featured prominently in many Protestant churches of the nineteenth century. Produced about a century after the organization's founding, it outlines a journey presumably taken by one of its own missionaries. Beginning its outreach first in West Africa, the Church Missionary Society quickly moved into Southeast Asia, arriving in India around 1815. In addition to establishing traditional churches and bishoprics, missionaries focused on medical missions, founding hospitals all over the country. The organization continues to operate worldwide from its headquarters in London. JT OUT ON APPROVAL

"Stanford's Map Of The Seat Of War In The Far East, 1904." London: Edward Stanford, 14 March 1904. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 32 sections and mounted on linen. 30 1/2 x 32 3/4. Lithographed in color. Excellent condition. Folding into original cloth covers with printed label.

A map showing the "seat of war" of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. With the beginning of the trans-Siberian Railway in 1891, the Russians became very interested in short-cut routes to Vladivostok through Mongolia and also in a southern harbor as an all-year railroad terminus. In 1896, China gave Russia the right to build and operate the Chinese Eastern Railway across northern Manchuria, and then, two years later, Russia extorted a 25 year lease from China to the southern Liaotung Peninsula, with its ice-free Port Arthur. Tensions with Japan, which was concerned by Russian encroachments in the region, exacerbated by Russia's continued involvement in Korea and Manchuria, led in February 1904 to the Russo-Japanese War. This map, showing the region of conflict, was issued just a month after the war was declared. It highlights the Russian railroads and shows the southern Liaotung Peninsula as Russian territory, both on the main map and in a more detailed inset. The war ended with a Russian defeat and pull back from the region. $450

George Gill, F.R.G.S. "Gill's 'Cartographic' India and Surrounding States with Railways and Border Trade Routes." London: Geo. Gill & Sons, ca. 1905. Separately issued folding map: dissected into 64 sections and mounted on linen in four parts. 78 1/2 x 58 (assembled; 39 x 29, each sheet). Chromolithograph. With marble endpapers. Some wear along folds, especially in lower quadrants; with tack holes in corners. Some light smudging; in southeast quadrant, several small smudges of blue ink (apparently printer's errors). Overall, very good condition. Click on underlined titles to view photos of: northwestern quadrant, southwestern quadrant, southeastern quadrant,and northeastern quadrant.

Brilliantly colored and sharply drawn, this map illustrates India and the surrounding region as it existed during the first decade of the twentieth century. Still occupied by Great Britain, the regions that would later become India, Pakistan, and Burma are shaded to indicate their colonial status. To the northeast, the pre-republic Chinese Empire encompasses Tibet and Mongolia, abutting the pre-Soviet Russian Empire. Between British India and Russian Bokhara (modern Uzbekistan), Afghanistan sits as a buffer for imperialist powers. Stretching along the east from the Kizyl-Kum desert to the Maldive Islands and bounded on the west by the Mekong River, this map encompasses a region on the cusp of intense change: by 1911, the Qing dynasty gave way to the Republic of China; under the wing of the newly-formed Soviet Union, Uzbekistan was formed in 1924; before World War II, Thailand would emerge from Siam; and in 1949, Great Britain ceded independence to the nations of Pakistan and India. The political bent of the map is indicated in the references section, where Gill states, "The prominence of the names indicates the comparative importance of places, either as regard population commerce, history, or strategic position." Also of considerable interest is the transportation network, including railways, canals, and "frontier trade routes." $450

After Palestine Exploration Fund. "Carte de la Palestine Ancienne et Moderne avec le Sud du Liban et de Anti-Liban et les regions situées á l'est du Jourdain et de la Mer Morte pour servir à l'étude de la Bible." Paris: Letouzey and Ané, ca. 1910. Separately issued folding map, mounted on linen. Lithograph. 26 1/4 x 36 1/4. Toned paper; some chipping at edges, tack holes in margins; some scattered light stains. Otherwise, good condition. With insets: "Environs de Jérusalem," "Carte de Peninsule Sanaitique," "Plan de Jerusalem."

A detailed, serviceable map based on the numerous expeditions of the Palestine Exploration Fund. Founded in 1865 by academics and clerics, the Palestine Exploration Fund often worked with British officers to carry out their geological and archaeological surveys. Displaying the detail characteristic of PEF maps, this map also notes place names from the New Testament (printed in red) as well as other ancient (non-biblical) place names (printed in blue). Probably tacked on the wall for classroom purposes, this map remains a valuable document for scholars of both the ancient and recent history of the Middle East. $175

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