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  ASIA 
 China 

ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste B. D'. [Important French map of China by D'Anville]
Carte Generale de la Chine Dressée sur les Cartes Particulieresque l'Empereur Cang-Hi a fait lever sur les Lieux R.R.P.P. Jésuites Missionaires dans cet Empire. Paris, 1737. Original colour with later additions. 620 x 520mm. Some restoration. Narrow left and right margins.
One of the general maps of China from D'Anville's 'Nouvelle Atlas de Chine', the most important set of maps of China since the Blaeu/Martini atlas. With two chinoiserie cartouches.
[Ref: 12227]    £900.00 ($1,174 • €1,010 rates)


BELLIN, Jacques-Nicolas. [18th century map of China]
L'Empire de La Chine... Paris, 1748. Coloured. 300 x 415mm.
China, Korea, and the islands Taiwan (Tay-wan ou Formose) and Haynan, from Prevost's 'Histoire Générale des Voyages'.
[Ref: 16044]    £375.00 ($489 • €421 rates)


BELCHER, Edward. [The first survey of Hong Kong]
Hong Kong. Surveyed by Capt.n Sir Edward Belcher, in H.M.S. Sulphur 1841. London: Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, May 1st 1843-6. 625 x 930mm. A few small repairs.
A very important chart of Hong Kong, engraved by J. & C. Walker from the survey by Sir Edward Belcher in 1841, the year before the island was ceded to Britain. This is a very early example, with corrections to 1846, only three years after the first edition. The settlement at Victoria is unnamed, although Victoria Bay and Victoria Peak are so marked. On the south side of the island both Aberdeen and Stanley have yet to be given their English names, and Kowloon is little more than a fort. This remained the best chart of Hong Kong for many years and was re-issued until at least 1960, heavily revised. Early examples of these charts remain rare as they were issued for practical use and were discarded when updated versions became available. Captain Edward Belcher produced charts of all over the world for the Navy and also wrote accounts of his voyage around the world and an expedition to the Arctic. He ended his career in the navy as an Admiral.
This item is currently on reserve


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 ($2,869 • €2,468 rates)


 Japan 

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 ($2,869 • €2,468 rates)


 Philippines 

ANSON, George. [A buccaneer's chart of the Philippines]
A Chart of the Channel in the Philippine Islands through which Manila Galeon passes together with the adjacent Islands. London, 1748. Coloured. 710 x 535mm. Binding folds reinforced on verso, repaired tear at the top right in the sea area.
Anson's chart of the Philippines, engraved by Seale for the account of one of the last great buccaneering voyages, an official expedition to the South Seas to harass the Spanish bases, but, more importantly, plunder their shipping. One of their main targets was one of the richly laden Manila galleons that crossed between Mexico and the Philippines. A stroke of luck presented them with one laden with silver. On their return to London, thirty-two wagons were needed to transfer it to the Tower of London.
[Ref: 18287]    £1,250.00 ($1,630 • €1,403 rates)


 Indochina 

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Burma & Thailand]
Partie Orientale de la Terre Ferme de L'Inde Moderne. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 110mm.
Published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 8672]    £100.00 ($130 • €112 rates)


 Central Asia 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Woodcut map of Sri Lanka as Taprobana]
Sumatra Ein Grosse Insel / So Von Den alten Geographen Taprobana Basle c.1574, German text edition. Coloured. 270 x 350mm.
Munster's Ptolemaic map of Taprobana, the Roman conception of Sri Lanka, which they had never visited but knew as the source of the cinammon they bought from Arab merchants. Later mapmakers could not reconcile the positions of Taprobana and Sri Lanka, so decided that it was actually Sumatra. To the left of the map is a rather ferocious looking elephant above a cartouche of text. From a German text edition of Munster's Cosmography.
[Ref: 18471]    £480.00 ($626 • €539 rates)


 India 

AA, Pieter van der. [A scarce townplan of Goa in India]
Goa Indiæ Orientalis Metropolis. Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, c.1719. Coloured. 330 x 460mm.
A detailed town plan of Goa showing the protective harbour and surrounding hills, with a key identifying areas and buildings of interest. It is derived from the map published in Jansson's 'Townbooks', which was itself a reduction of the plan from Linschoten's 'Itinerario'.
[Ref: 18703]    £650.00 ($848 • €729 rates)


RABATTA, Augusto & BAILOU, Jean Baptist de. [An 18th century playing-card map of the Mughal Empire]
Governo Dispotico. Imperio del Mogol anticamente India Vera. Florence: Aniello Lamberti, 1779. Original colour. Sheet size 115 x 70mm.
A rare miniature map of the MughalEmpire engraved by Lamberti for the 'Minchiate', the Florentine version of the Tarot, which had each card marked with an arcane symbol. The full set was published in Augusto Da Rabatta and Jean Baptiste De Baillou's pocket atlas 'Nuovo Atlante Generale'. Information on the map is minimal, but an extensive key gives the names of the various regions.
[Ref: 13009]    £425.00 ($554 • €477 rates)


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