Antique map of China titled ‘A Sketch of a Journey from Zhe-Hol in Tartary by land to Pekin and from thence by water to Hang-Tchoo-Foo in China’. Detailed map showing the route taken from Zhe-Hol in Tartary to Beijing and then on to Hang-Tchoo Foo. The map details George Macartney’s Embassy to China, the first British embassy to that country, undertaken between 1792 and 1794. During the second half of the 18th century the British were eager to open up further trade with the Chinese Empire. Since 1757, international trade had been restricted to the port of Canton in southern China. In 1792, Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, dispatched George Macartney, an Anglo-Irish diplomat, on a Mission to the court of the Emperor Qianlong in Beijing in an effort to gain trade concessions
The map shows how Macartney had gone to the summer palace at Chengde (Zhe-Hol on the map), north of Beijing, to meet the Emperor. He returned to Beijing overland, before travelling south to Hangzhou (Hang-Tchoo Foo) on the Yangtze River delta via the 1000-mile Great Canal of China. Diplomatically, the Mission was a complete failure, as the Emperor proved entirely unwilling to consider trade concessions, however, the trip yielded Europeans valuable new information on China’s geography and social customs.
This map originates from ‘An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China’ by George L. Staunton.
Condition: General age-related toning. Some defects professionally restored. Please study image carefully.
Dimensions: 51 x 68 cm.
Description:Â Antique map titled 'India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes'. BeautifulÂ map of Southeast Asia, extending from India to Tibet to Japan to New Guinea.Â It was the first popular map to depict part of Australia. Includes aÂ dedicational cartouche to Laurens Real.
Artists and Engravers:Â Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas,Â Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus.Â Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his fatherâ€™s business rather than practice. After his fatherâ€™s death, the brothers took over their fatherâ€™s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his fatherâ€™sÂ Atlas novus,Â eventually releasing his masterpiece, theÂ Atlas maior,Â between 1662 and 1672.
- Date: c.1640
- Overall size: 60 x 49.5 cm.
- Image size: 50.5 x 41 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Repair on folding line and repaired tear near Borneo. Few stains, mainly in margins. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
Description: Antique map Asia titled â€˜Asien gegen ende des 18th Jahrhunderts. Die Briten in Indien; das Reich der Mandschuâ€˜. 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 â€“ 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:Â Antique world map titled 'De Werelt Caart'. Double hemisphere world map showing Australia asÂ Niew HollandtÂ and according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages in 1642-44. California as an island and the north west coast of America is namedÂ Terra Esonis.Â In Asia, Korea is a elongated peninsula. The two main hemispheres are surrounded by six smaller spherical sections, two covering the polar surfaces of the earth, two showing astronomical measurements relative to the earth, one featuring a geocentric view of the solar system and the other representing the Sun and its relationship with both the Earth and the Moon showing how eclipses are produced. Originates from a Dutch bible.Â
Artists and Engravers:Â Made by or after C. Danckerts.Â
- Date: c.1720
- Overall size: 54.5 x 41 cm.
- Image size: 51.5 x 36.5 cm.
- Condition: Very good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Motacilla, Flava'. This print depicts the Western yellow wagtail with nest and eggs (Dutch: gele kwikstaart). The western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia.
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:Â 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: 27.8 x 41.6 cm.
- Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.