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[Chinese Year of the Ox]

From the Special Collection of the
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Library

China in Maps: 16th - 19th Century
(Gallery - part 1)



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  1. Map Thumbnail A CHART OF THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CHINA SEAS SHOWING THE PASSAGE FROM FORMOSA TO JAPAN WITH THE EASTERN COAST OF CHINA AND THE LEKEYO ISLANDS 1778

    BENNETT, J.; SAYER, R.
    56x56cm Uncolored

    Uncommon chart of the Eastern coasts of China and Korea with the Ryuku islands and Western Japan. The map is based upon the works of the Dutch chart maker Van Keulen and upon the surveys of the French Jesuit and mathematician, Father Gaubil who lived in China from 1722 to 1759. The chart appeared in Sayer and Bennett's "East India Pilot".


  2. Map Thumbnail VISTA DE LA GRAN CIVDAD DE CANTON EN LA CHINA c1750/60

    Anonymous
    47x34cm Original Color

    A very rare and important separately issued Spanish copperplate engraving of the Waterfront at Canton with the Foreign Factories circa 1750/60. The impressive edifices of the Foreign Factories dominate the centre of the engraving with infront of each large flagpoles with each of the country's flags atop. Boats fill the foreground whilst European China traders and Chinese merchants and tradesmen throng along the waterfront infront of the Factories. A detailed lettered key below the view identifies the principal buildings and activities whilst the title appears in a banner top centre. The engraving does not appear in any of our references and must be considered of some considerable rarity. To our knowledge it is one of the earliest and most detailed 18th Century European engravings showing the Foreign Factories and Waterfront at Canton and is an important, decorative and impressive item with notably attractive original colouring.


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  3. HONG KONG & CO AS SEEN FROM THE ANCHORAGE (3 PANORAMIC VIEWS) (1846), 1847

    HEATH, L G
    12x69cm(3 sheets) Uncolored

    A superb scarce set of early panoramic engravings of Hong Kong and the surrounding area originally drawn on the spot by Lieutenant L.G. Heath of H.M.S. Iris in 1846 and published in printed form in 1847 as a supplement to the first British Admiralty survey of Hong Kong and its environs by Commander Belcher. The fine panoramic view is made up of three separate sections providing a panoramic view from Kowloon to Lantau; the first view looks North and east across parts of the Kowloon peninsula, the Lymoon (Lei Yue Muin) Passage and the eastern sections of Hong Kong Island; the second panorama looks directly from the anchorage in Victoria Harbour southward to the settlement of Victoria with the area between present-day North Point and Sai Ying Pun and with Victoria Peak dominating the skyline; the final sheet looks westward from the Victoria anchorage to the islands dotting the western approaches to Hong Kong; Lantau Island and its mountainous peaks appear in the distance with the smaller Green Island and Stonecutter's Island in the foreground. Each of the panoramas has a key which identifies the sites, features and buildings of interest, providing a fascinating visual record of the colony and its environs in the first few years of its establishment. On each view English naval ships, China trade cutters, native junks and sampans fill the foreground. A rare, important and fascinating early visual record of Hong Kong.


  4. Map Thumbnail A SURVEY OF THE TIGRIS FROM CANTON TO THE ISLAND OF LANKEET 1786

    SAYER, Robert
    49.5x60cm Uncolored

    Important English chart composed by S. Huddert with detailed sailing instructions and coasted profiles for negotiating the lower Pearl River from Macao via the Bocca Tigris narrows below the Anunghoi Fort up to Whampao, Dane's island and the foreign factories at Canton. The map is dedicated to the Supercargo of the Canton Factory, William Pigou.


  5. Map Thumbnail a. PIC DE LANTAO 1794


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    b. VUE DE L'ILE TIGER SITUEÈ SUR LE BOCCA TIGRIS ET NOMMEÈ TAILOC TOW PAR LES CHINOIS 1794


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    c. VUE DE L'ENTRÈE DU BOCCA TIGRIS CONDUISANT A CANTON 1794


    MEARES, John
    24x17cm Uncolored

    John Meares' two English fur-trading voyages from Calcutta in 1786 and 1788 to the American North-west coast laid the basis for British territorial claims to British Columbia and on the second voyage the seizure of three of Meares' ships by a Spanish frigate at Meares' proposed permanent trading settlement at Nootka almost precipitated war between the two countries.

    These plates are based on observations made on the return leg of Meares' first voyage when he visited Hawaii and Canton.

    The views include one of the finest late 18th Century panoramas of Macao, a view of Lantao island - one of the first detailed Western depictions of Lantao from observations made by one of Meares' crew, a fine view of the famous Bocca Tigris with the Chinese forts at Chuenpee and Anunghoy on either side of the Estuary, and Tiger Island just to the North of the Bocca Tigris with its distinctive cleft hillside.


  6. Map Thumbnail A PLAN OF THE CITY OF CANTON ON THE RIVER TA-HO c1750

    HARRIS, John
    31x21cm Uncolored

    Attractive and detailed plan of Canton, just at the beginning of the China-trade era. This map is one of the earliest European bird's eye views of Canton at the time of the first English East India Voyages to the Pearl River Estuary to trade in tea and later opium. The view from the river shows the two forts off the harbourfront with junks. There are seven European galleons in the foreground, and the shoreline is bustling with people, with the armoury and watergate entrances through the city walls. The Tartar quarter is shown in the background with the Fort and Banqueting House. The number key appears along the bottom.


  7. Map Thumbnail LA VILLE ET LE CHATEAU DE ZELANDIA DANS L'ISLE DE TOYOVAN, EN CHINE (1670), c1729

    VAN MEURS, J.; VAN DER AA, Pieter
    35x28.5cm Uncolored

    Originally published to accompany the account of Johann Nieuhoff's Dutch embassy to China, this is a later re-engraving by Pieter Vander AA. The Dutch fort and settlement of Zeelandia on the West coast of Taiwan had been established in 1624 after the Dutch were forced out of the pescadore Islands. The curved sandy promontory is shown with the castle and battlements. To the north and left on the sandy headland is the settlement of Zeelandia where Chinese, native Taiwanese, and Dutch supplied the needs of the settlement and carried on trade. Junks and sampans fill the waters around the settlement. A numbered key identifies the buildings of importance. The Dutch were expelled from the Island in 1662 and Fort Zeelandia captured by the celebrated Chekiang pirate chief Koxinga (Cheng Ch'engkung) after a prolonged and desperate siege. An attractive and uncommon edition of this important early engraving, one of the earliest to depict any part of Taiwan.


  8. Map Thumbnail VUE DE LA VILLE DE MACAO 1794

    MEARES, John
    48x24cm Uncolored

    John Meares' two English fur-trading voyages from Calcutta in 1786 and 1788 to the American North-west coast laid the basis for British territorial claims to British Columbia and on the second voyage the seizure of three of Meares' ships by a Spanish frigate at Meares' proposed permanent trading settlement at Nootka almost precipitated war between the two countries.

    These plates are based on observations made on the return leg of Meares' first voyage when he visited Hawaii and Canton.

    The views include one of the finest late 18th Century panoramas of Macao, a view of Lantao island - one of the first detailed Western depictions of Lantao from observations made by one of Meares' crew, a fine view of the famous Bocca Tigris with the Chinese forts at Chuenpee and Anunghoy on either side of the Estuary, and Tiger Island just to the North of the Bocca Tigris with its distinctive cleft hillside.


  9. Map Thumbnail VIEW OF MACAO IN CHINA 1798

    COMTE DE LA PEROUSE, Nicol
    34x23cm Copperplate

    Fine copperplate view of Macao from the English Atlas volume of the account of the ill-fated expedition of French explorer, Francois Galaup, Comte de la Perouse.


  10. Map Thumbnail DE STAD MACAO 1724

    VALENTYN, Francois
    36x27cm Colored

    Published in Francois Valentyn's Account of the Dutch East India Company "Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien" a fine view of the City of Macao from Lappa Island showing the defences and main sights.




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last rev. 17 November 1997
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