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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
Jean Janvier. "L'Empire De La Chine d'Après l"Atlas Chinois, ave les Isles du Japon." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & J. Thomas, 1762. 12 1/4 x 17 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.
Jean Janvier was a French cartographer who worked in Paris in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Among his output were some fine maps which appeared in Jean Lattré's Atlas Moderne. This atlas contained maps of all parts of the world engraved by Lattré, the "Graveur Ordinaire du Roi." Janvier's maps contained the best information available at the time. This map is based on a Chinese atlas and shows good information of the interior rivers, lakes, towns and provinces. Also shown is Japan and the Korean peninsula. The map is neatly engraved and highlighted with outline color. A nicely etched title cartouche in the baroque style, featuring a Chinaman, graces the map in the bottom left corner. $425
"Carte de la Tartarie Chinoise." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & Delalain, -1775?. Folio. Engravings. Original hand color.
Jean Lattré was a French engraver and publisher who worked in Paris in the second half of the eighteenth century. Such was the quality of his work that he was appointed as the "Graveur Ordinaire" first to the Dauphin and later to the King of France. This is a nice example of his work, with a beautiful title cartouche done in an elaborate baroque style. For its decorative appeal and accurate geographic and political information, this is a wonderful eighteenth century cartographic document. $325
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
Richard Wilkinson. "China, Contains 15 Subject Provinces, including two Islands of Hainan, Formosa, and the Tributary Kingdoms of Corea, Tonkin." London: Richard Wilkinson, 1801. 9 x 11. Engraved by J. Roper. Original hand color. Minor browning. Otherwise, very good condition.
A typically detailed and neat British map from Robert Wilkinson's General Atlas of the World, Quarters, Empires, Kingdoms, States etc. with Appropriate Tables. Detail includes towns, rivers, and some other topography. Political divisions are shown with contrasting colors. $245
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. 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. $145
Anthony Finley. "China." Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1825. From A New General Atlas. Small folio. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand-color. Full margins. Fine condition. Denver.
Early in the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley was a great popularizer of maps out of Philadelphia and one of the leading cartographic publishers in America. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. This map of China is typical of his work. $75
SDUK. "China, and the Birman Empire with Parts of Cochin-China and Siam." London: SDUK & Baldwin & Gradock, 1834. 12 3/8 x 14 1/2. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Original outline hand coloring. Very good condition. Denver.
A detailed and concise map of China by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. Names of towns, rivers, mountains, plains, and information on native and animal populations are given throughout. $155
J. Dower. "China and Japan." London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1842. 13 3/8 x 16 3/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A handsome map of the Far East from J. Dower's A New General Atlas of the World. Though other countries, including the United States, had by then developed cartographic industries of considerable quality, British map publishers were still the best in the world. Interestingly, this map was also published during the last year of the first of the Opium Wars and also the year the Chinese ceded Hong Kong to the British. $275
S. Augustus Mitchell. "China." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 12 x 9 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Some time toning to paper and oxidation of color. Otherwise, very good condition.
A fine map of China from S. Augustus Mitchell's A New Universal Atlas. For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. Topographical information is clearly presented and towns, lakes, roads, and other information is shown and named. Political divisions are indicated with contrasting pastel shades. $125
"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 (cf. above) The map shows China at an interesting time in its history, the eve of largest uprising in modern Chinese history- the Taiping Rebellion. $100
Charles Desilver. "China." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 11 1/2 x 14 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Though the information is similar to the above mentioned, the coloring and Victorian border give the map it's own unique feel. $85
J.H. Colton. "Colton's China." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1866. 12 3/4 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Two small spots, else 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
"Stanford's Map of the Empires of China and Japan with the adjacent parts of The Russian Empire, India, Burma, &c." London: Edward Stanford, 9 January 1904. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 36 sections and mounted on linen. 25 1/4 x 39 1/4. Lithographed in colors. Folding into original cloth case, with advertisements for maps and atlases. Very good condition.
In 1902 the Anglo-Japanese Treaty recognized the independence of China and Korea; however, this map is color coded to show Korea as part of Japan, and Formosa (Taiwan) is also coded and textually designated as belonging to Japan. The region was seething when this map was published as the Russo-Japanese War broke out in February of 1904. The focus of this map is on China where many proposed railroads and operating "submarine telegraph cables" are drawn. The contrast in the development of railroads is fascinating, for China's railroads were mostly developing while the rail networks in Russia, Japan and India were extensive built up. $475
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