Antique map of Peking titled ‘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 and built as it is today by Yung Lo in 1421; continued as the capital of the Chinese 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. Completed on this fifth day of February in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-six’.
This rare map of Beijing by Frank Dorn is considered the most iconic pictorial map of Beijing published in the 20th Century, one of the great maps of the golden era of pictorial mapmaking. The map is ringed with a series of cartoon vignettes illustrating the history of the city from ancient times to 1936, offering a host of interesting ethnographic and iconographic information about Beijing and its environs.
Frank Dorn was an artist, writer and military officer. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute and became an accomplished cartoonist. After graduation from West Point, he was assigned a post in the Philippines. While living in China, Dorn made his popular pictorial map of ‚ÄúPeiping‚ÄĚ. He later served in the field as an advisor to a Chinese army. A fluent speaker of Chinese, Dorn‚Äôs most important military role was in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. There he served with Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army forces, General “Uncle Joe” Stilwell, during the Burma campaign from 1942 to 1944 and served as a commanding officer in 1944-45. A 1942 Life Magazine article about the Burma mission stated that, ‚ÄúDorn, an artist, drew Stilwell‚Äôs campaign maps.‚ÄĚ
Condition: Good,¬†Map expertly restored/ reinforced with very thin paper on spine and on folds, also the very fragile portfolio finely restored and preserved.
Comes with the original paper portfolio (8.5 x 14 cm.), with the text book in the same size by Frank Dorn.
Measurements: 82.5 x 71 cm.
Description: Antique print titled ‚ÄėFringilla, Spinus'. This print depicts the Eurasian Siskin with nest and eggs (Dutch: Sijs).¬†The Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is also called the European siskin, common siskin or just siskin. Other (archaic) names include black-headed goldfinch, barley bird and aberdevine.It is very common throughout Europe and Asia. It is found in forested areas, both coniferous and mixed woodland where it feeds on seeds of all kinds, especially of alder and conifers.
This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven', Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.
Original text page included.¬†
Artists and engravers: This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.
- Date: 1789
- Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
- Image size: 27.5 x 41.3 cm.
- Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique map Asia titled ‚ÄėAsien gegen ende des 18th Jahrhunderts. Die Briten in Indien; das Reich der Mandschu‚Äė. This fascinating hand colored map depicts Asia at the end of the 18th century. The British had established themselves in India and the Chinese Empire was under Manchu control. Also depicts Southeast Asia in good detail with early versions of Vietnam (Anam & Tonkin), Cambodia (Kambodscha) and Thailand.
Artists and Engravers: Karl Spruner von Merz (15 November 1803 ‚Äď 24 August 1892), or Karl von Spruner as he preferred to be known, was a German cartographer and scholar. He is best known for his historical atlases. The first of these was his Historischer Atlas von Bayern (historical atlas of Bavaria), published in 1838. His greatest work was his Historisch-Geographischer Hand-Atlas, whose first edition appeared in parts from 1848 to 1853.
- Date: 1853
- PartNumber: 232
- Storage Location: (BG) B3-20
Description: Antique print titled 'Chinese Punishment of the Rack'.¬†Print of Chinese punishment of the rack. The¬†rack¬†is a torture device consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame.¬†This print originates from 'The Chinese Empire: historical and descriptive. Illustrating the manners and customs of the Chinese,in a series of steel engravings, from original sketches' by T. Allom
Artists and Engravers:¬†Thomas Allom¬†(1804‚Äď1872) was an English architect, artist, and illustrator, who published books on his travels from Europe to the Middle East and throughout Asia.
- Date: 1859
- Overall size: 27 x 19.5 cm.
- Image size: 23 x 16 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor wear, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'S√ľd-Asiatische Thiere'. Engraving of various animals of Southeast Asia including the tailor bird, cockatoo, a goose, hornbill, bird of paradise, a bengal tiger and a leopard species. Source unknown, to be determined.¬†
Artists and Engravers: Anonymous.
- Date: c.1860
- Overall size: 19 x 25 cm.
- Image size: 18 x 23 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Some wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.