When people refer to different states of a map, they generally are referring to different impressions made following alterations to the plate. Far less common, publishers would scratch printed information off the map surface, as in the case here, where the 12th May, 1794 date was removed from the Laurie & Whittle map of China, c. 1818. #chinamaps#chineseantiques#antiquemaps
1798 Houckgeest Narrative of the Titsingh Mission w/ Map of China
This is a rare 1797/98 Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest two-volume narrative of a VOC embassy to the court of the Qianlong Emperor, in China, and its accompanying maps. During this voyage, Houckgeest became the first American to meet a Chinese Emperor and visit Beijing (Peking). The two volumes describe the important 1794 - 1795 journey and are accompanied by multiple plates, a map of Macao, and one large, two-part, map of China.
Stunning panoramic view of Manchuria and Mongolia, printed by Osaka Yago Shoten in Dalian in 1930. Mount Paektu, which plays an important role in Korean and Manchurian legends, dominates the divide between Korea and China. #chinamaps#antiquemaps#chinahistory#chineseantiques
Bird's-eye view of the Middle Kingdom: while panoramic maps exist for many cities and countries around the world, very few were made of China. Fortunately, a handful of Japanese artists in the 19th and 20th centuries created aerial views of China or its regions, most notably Katsushika Hokusai of "Great Wave" fame. Created in 1840, Hokusai's Famous Views of China is arguably the greatest bird's-eye map of China ever made. #antiquemaps#chinamaps
Crimes against cartography: poorly executed / excessive colouring is the bane of every collector. These maps are NOT in the collection...in fact, only a handful of maps even have recent hand colouring. #antiquemaps#chinamaps