Auction 125, Lot 760

"Carte sur Laquelle est Trace la Route qu'a suivie l'Ambassade Anglaise, Depuis Zhe-Hol en Tartarie jusqu'a Pekin, et de Pekin Han-Choo-Foo, en Chine", Tardieu, Jean Baptiste Pierre

Subject: China

Period: 1800 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18 x 25.5 inches
45.7 x 64.8 cm

This very scarce map records the first attempt by the British to negotiate more favorable trade agreements with the Chinese emperor. The 1792 embassy of Lord Macartney was granted an audience with Emperor Qianlong, but failed to secure the agreements. The map follows the Grand Canal from Hangzhou to Beijing, the longest ancient canal in the world. The official courier stations, each placed at intervals of 35 to 45 km, are noted along the route. Dissected and mounted on brown linen with the title in manuscript brown ink on a paper label.


Condition: A

Faint toning, else fine.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/24/2008