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  AMERICA 
 Cuba 

VERNET, Joseph. [View of Havana harbour]
Entree au Port de l'Havane. Gravee d'apres le Tableau de Vernet. Paris, c. 1780. 180 x 230mm, wide generous margins.
View of Havana Harbour, engraved by Heyden from a painting by Joseph Vernet.
[Ref: 17575]    £400.00 ($520 • €453 rates)


LUFFMAN, John. [Chart of Havana Harbour]
Havanna. Engrav'd for Luffmans Select Plans. 59. London: Luffman, 1802. 165 x 130mm. Stitch holes in margin.
Sea chart of Havana Harbour, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'.
[Ref: 12805]    £150.00 ($195 • €170 rates)


  ASIA 
 China 

BARROW, John. [A detailed chart of Macao at the end of the 18th century]
A Plan of the City and Harbour of Macao, A Colony of the Portugueze situated at the southern extremity of the Chinese Empire. London, George Nicol, 1796. Coloured. 740 x 560mm.
A large chart of Macao published in George Staunton’s 'An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China', Britain's first official embassy to China. The town is shown in detail, with a 37-point key in English listing Forts, Parishes, Colleges, Covents, Chapels and other buildings of interest including the Customs House and the English Factory. Lord Macartney was the first British ambassador to China, arriving in 1793 and ordered to leave the same year. However in the short time the embassy was in the country much was learned about China, and the groundwork was laid for the founding of Hong Kong less than fifty years later.
[Ref: 15777]    £1,200.00 ($1,559 • €1,360 rates)


Anonymous. [A locally-published plan of Victoria, Hong Kong]
Plan of the City of Victoria, Hong Kong. 1874. Reduced from the Government Plan, & Published for ''The Chronicle & Directory for China, Japan, The Philippines, &c." Hong Kong: Daily Press Office, 1874. Lithograph with hand colour. Sheet 280 x 890mm. Binding folds flattened.
A scarce plan of Victoria on a scale of 160 feet to an inch, showing from Kennedy Town east to Causeway Bay. The 'Chronicle' was an an annual guide for trading in the Far East.
[Ref: 18678]    £2,200.00 ($2,858 • €2,493 rates)


DORN, Frank. [A fascinating pictorial map of Beijing]
A Map and History of Peiping; formerly known as Peking; capital of provinces, princedoms and kingdoms since 1121 B.C.; in 1264 A.D. the capital of the Mongol Empire of Kublai Khan; made the capital of the Ming Empire through the Ming and Ching Dynasties; and now a city which will live long in the memory of man as one of the greatest the world has ever known. Beijing: Peiyang Press, 1936. Colour-printed wood-engraving. Sheet 860 x 755mm. Original folds reinforced on verso, laid on fine canvas.
Very interesting pictorial map of Beijing, drawn by an American officer who was a military attaché in China during the 1930s and published the year before the official start of the Second Sino-Japanese War. It features vignettes of Chinese history from 1100 BC to 1927 as well as modern tourist attractions including golf and race courses. This is an early state: the flag of the German legation is the short-lived national flag used 1933-5 (black/white/red horizontal stripes), replaced by the Nazi flag with the swastica on most examples on this map. Frank Dorn (1901-81) was a graduate of West Point (where he picked up the life-long nickname of 'Pinky'), before being posted to Beijing in 1934 to help gather intelligence on Japanese aggression. He immersed himself in the language and culture of the city, researching the Forbidden City and collecting antiquities. When war with Japan broke out Dorn became chief-of-staff to L.t General Joseph Stilwell, with a rank of Colonel. At one point relations between the Americans and the leader of the Chinese Kuomintang, Chiang Kai-shek, were so bad that Dorn was ordered to prepare a plan to assassinate him. Although Dorn suggested giving Chiang a faulty parachute and sabotaging his plane authorisation was never given. After his retirement as Brigadier General in 1953 Dorn wrote a number of books including 'The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41', 1974. BAGBY: The Eagle-Dragon Alliance, 1992.
[Ref: 17878]    £4,000.00 ($5,196 • €4,532 rates)


Anonymous. [A bird's-eye view of West Lake, Hangzhou]
[Chinese characters] Hang Zhou Xi Hu Guan Jing Tu. Hangzhou? n.d., c.1955. Chromolithograph. Sheet 530 x 760mm.
An elevated view of Xi Hu (West Lake), a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, with numerous temples, pagodas and gardens. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
[Ref: 17596]    £650.00 ($844 • €736 rates)


 Indonesia 

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Batavia]
Citadelle de Batavia; Batavia. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 140 x 100mm.
Two views of Jakarta on one sheet.
[Ref: 7948]    £150.00 ($195 • €170 rates)


 Central Asia 

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Prospects of fifteen cities of Central Asia]
Verschiedene Prospecte der Vornemsten Stäten in Persien samt vorderst einer unfern dem Caspischen Meer, dem Russichen Reich zugehörig, , gelegenen Stadt, zu mehrerem Liecht und Erleuterung der neu-verfertigten Persianischen Land-Charten. Nuremberg, 1724. Original colour. 500 x 590mm. Restoration to left edge.
A scarce plate illustrating fifteen cities of central Asia: Astrakhan and Derbent in Russia; Tblisi in Georgia; Kars and Erzerum in eastern Turkey; Baku and Shamakhi in Azerbaijan; Sultanje and Kashan in Iraq; Erivan in Armenia; Schiraz, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas and Ardabil in Persia; and Kandahar in Afghanistan.
[Ref: 17992]    £625.00 ($812 • €708 rates)


 India 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early townplans of Calechut, Cannanore, Elmina and Hormuz]
Calechut Celeberrimum Indiæ Emporium; Ormus; Canonor; S.Georgii Oppidum Mina nuncupatum... Cologne, 1572-, Latin text edition. Coloured. 335 x 475mm.
Four views on one plate, showing some of the few non-European townplans published in Braun & Hogenberg's 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first atlas of printed townplans. Calicut and Cannanore are on the south-west coast of India; 'St. George Oppidum Mina' is Elmina, the famous slave fort on the Gold Coast of Ghana; and Hormuz guards the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
[Ref: 16864]    £600.00 ($779 • €680 rates)


VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [View of Calicut from Varthema's Travels]
Calicut. Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610. 75 x 115mm.
Map of Calicut in Southern India, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510. Not in Tibbetts.
[Ref: 13208]    £300.00 ($390 • €340 rates)


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