Auction 149, Lot 637

"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: Eastern China

Period: 1800 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.9 x 25.5 inches
45.5 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, the longest ancient canal in the world, from Hangzhou to Beijing. 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: B+

There is faint toning, minor soiling, and a hint of offsetting.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $225

Closed on 5/21/2014