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Auction 132, Lot 621

"Sketch of a Journey from Hang-Tchoo-Foo to Quang-Tchoo-Foo or Canton in China", Barrow, John (Sir)

Subject: China

Period: 1796 (dated)

Publication: ...Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China…

Color: Black & White

17.8 x 25 inches
45.2 x 63.5 cm

This detailed chart is from Staunton's account of the first English mission to China. It covers the embassy's route from Hangzhou to Canton and presents an incredible amount of information. Lord Macartney, accompanied by his secretary, George Leonard Staunton, and John Barrow spent about a year in China seeking to thaw relations between the Chinese Emperor and England. In that short time, much was learned about China and its transportation network, as evidenced by the extensive notes on this map. Barrow's maps of China were extensively used by subsequent cartographers for several decades. Engraved by B. Baker and published in London by George Nicol.


Condition: B+

There are some minor edge tears in the wide margins and a bit of light surface soil in the map. There is also a small abrasion affecting the word "Sketch".

Estimate: $200 - $275


Closed on 6/2/2010