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  ASIA 
 China 

DU VAL, Pierre. [17th Century French map of China]
Chine. Paris, 1682. Coloured. 135 x 100mm.
Miniature map of China, published in Du Val's 'Géographie Universelle'.
[Ref: 17495]    £350.00 ($452 • €384 rates)


HARRIS, John. [18th Century town plan of Peking]
Plans of the Old & New City of Peking ye Metropolis of China. London, 1746. Coloured. 350 x 215mm.
Published in John Harris’ 'Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca, or Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels'.
[Ref: 17480]    £400.00 ($516 • €439 rates)


SEUTTER, Matthäus. [A dramatic 18th century map of China]
Opulentissimum Sinarum Imperium juxta Recentissimam Delineationem in suas Provincias Distermunatum. Augsburg, T.C.Lotter, c.1760. Original colour with additions. 500 x 590mm.
A finely-engaved map of China divided into provinces, with an allegorical title cartouche representing European trade with China. Originally published c.1730, this example was published by Seutter's son-in-law & successor, Tobias Conrad Lotter.
[Ref: 17593]    £1,400.00 ($1,806 • €1,537 rates)


ZATTA, Antonio. [18th century map of China]
Impero della China Colle Isole del Giappone. Venice, 1795. Original colour. 330 x 420mm.
An unusual later state of this map of China, Korea and Japan.
[Ref: 17661]    £460.00 ($593 • €505 rates)


Anonymous. [A Chinese map of Beijing]
['A Complete Map of The Capital']. China, c.1890. Some old colour. Woodcut, sheet 495 x 470mm. Laid on archival paper.
A detailed plan of Beijing within the city walls, titled and labelled with Chinese characters. The gates in the city walls are depicted in perspective and the single coloured line marks the railway.
[Ref: 17576]    £1,900.00 ($2,451 • €2,086 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 ($5,160 • €4,392 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 ($839 • €714 rates)


 Japan 

DU VAL, Pierre. [17th century miniature map of Japan]
Isles du Japon. Paris, 1682. ccloured. 100 x 125mm.
A miniature map of Japan divided into its regions with principal town and cities marked. Published in Du Val's 'Géographie Universelle'.
[Ref: 17494]    £380.00 ($490 • €417 rates)


CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [An 17th century Italian map of Japan]
Isola del Giapone e Penisola di Corea. Venice, 1696. 460 x 615mm.
A fine map of Japan & Korea, in typical Coronelli style, published in his 'Isolario'. The large title cartouche features the symboll of the Society of Jesus and a dedication to Father Fontaine of the Jesuits. In the sea between Japan and Korea is a vignette of a boat described as a Japanese vessel capable of crossing the 220 French miles between Osaka and Nagasaki in twelve days: Coronelli had copied this from Montanus, who had mis-attributed a Korean ship. WALTER: 43.
[Ref: 17612]    £2,200.00 ($2,838 • €2,416 rates)


CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham. [An early 18th century map of Japan]
L'Empire du Japon, Tiré des Cartes des Japonnois. Amsterdam, 1719. Coloured. 380 x 440mm. A fine, dark impression.
A map of Japan based on Reland's landmark map of 1715, with Japanese script naming the sixty-six provinces. Under the map is a large cartouche with the shields of the noble families of Japan and a text describing the Japanese sources for his map (although not mentioning Reland). To the right is an inset chart of Nagasaki Harbour. The map was published in the 'Atlas Historique' a seven-volume atlas that is usually attributed to Henri Abraham Châtelain; however Hubbard and other recent writers posit that it was his brother Zacherie who compiled the work. HUBBARD: 73.
[Ref: 17695]    £1,250.00 ($1,613 • €1,373 rates)


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