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"Das Chinesische Reich mit Seinen Schutz Staaten nebst dem Japanischen Insel Reiche"
(The Chinese Empire with its Protectorates beside the Japanese Empire)

Very interesting map of Asia showing the political divisions of the time.

In the lower left is a special inset showing the area around Macao and Canton.

Map was designed by J. Graessel. Published 1856.

Original hand outline coloring. Vertical centerfold.

Steel engraving map. Light natural age toning. Image size: 18.5 x 25.5 cm ( 7.2 x 10 ")"


Order Nr. ASIA250140

"Descrittione del Potentissimo Imperio della Tartaria - Tartariae Imperium". Plate XXVIII (28)

This map shows suggestively in outlines the West Coast of North America from what later became Alaska, British Columbia, Washington (State), Oregon and California (which was already named). It also shows Japan, China, Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia.

Type of print: Copper etching

Artist: Girolamo Porro

Published in: "Geografia cioe Descrittione Universale della Terra"

Publisher: Gio. Battista & Giorgio Galignani Fratelli

First published in: "Geographia" von Claudius Ptolemy

Edition: Italian edition

Editor: Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617)

Text: Italian. Complete on front and reverse side

Published in: Venice

Date: 1598


Map size: Ca. 12,5 x 17 cm (ca. 4.9 x 6.7")

Page size: Ca. 28,5 x 19 cm (ca. 11.2 x 7.5")

Condition: Near perfect. Left margin a bit narrow. Very minor traces of age.


Order Nr. ASIAMAP236461

" Xansi, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Secunda". Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Blaeu after Martino Martini SJ in original hand coloring. Amsterdam, ca. 1635.

The province "Xansi" on this map has almost the same boundaries as the present Shan-xi with the provincial capital Tai-yuan, that is shown on the map as Taiyven. It lies west of Peking and borders on the north directly on the Great Wall of China shown in the upper part of the map. In the west and south the province borders on the Huang-he River. The Baroque cartouche in the upper left with title is attractive in its simplicity. A mileage chart is in the lower right corner. Verso: Text in French.

Very clean map. The center fold has been reinforced and flattened. Small repaired tear on upper margin edge. Small repairs on upper right margin edge.

39.7 x 48.2 cm ( 15.6 x 19 ")

$ 680.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP250106

"Chinesisches Reich und Japan"

Lithogaph after F. Handtke, ca 1850. Original outline coloring.

Map shows topography and the major cities and settlements of the time.
Japan, Formosa, Korea and Hainan are on the right side of the map.

Fine, clean map image. Minor signs of age and use in margins.

Map image: 30.5 x 39 cm ( 12 x 15.3 ")

$ 90.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP242110

No Title

Map of China that also shows part of Japan, Tartary, Taiwan, Gobi Desert and Korea.

Copper etching after J. B. D'Anville by F.A. Schraembl and engraver Iacob Adam.

Published in Vienna 1786.

Coloured by hand at a later date. Strong paper. Vertical centerfold has been flattened.
Map was once mounted and has rest glue on reverse side. Some light creasing.

This is the upper part of a 2-part map of Asia.

Map image: 49 x 68 cm (19.2 x 26.7 ")

$ 680.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP250722

" L'Empire de La Chine". Copper etching by Bellin in attractive modern hand coloring. The map is dated 1748.

A map of China with the major towns and cities shown with a red point. Notice Korea in the north with its major settlements. Rivers
and mountains add topographical detail.

Two vertical and one horizontal fold to fit atlas size. There is a light vertical crease from the top margin about 10cm into image. Map is
very clean. Overall condition is Almost Very Good.

28.6 x 40 cm ( 11.2 x 15.7 ")

$ 520.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1688

Reverse side:

"Die Länder Asie nach irer gelegenheit biss in Indiam werden in diser tafel verzeichnet"

Woodcut. Published in a very early edition of "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Muenster (1488-1552)

Basel, 1553

Asia as a continent in almost its entire dimension. A very early fascinating view at terra incognita. The charm of this map is the fumbling and fact-groping of huge land masses never visited nor measured nor described by geographers or travelers. Much on this map is guessing, almost nothing based on knowledge

Cathay is the name Marco Polo used for China

The Philippines' description is: Archipelagus 7448 insularii

Siberia is India superior

India itself looks like a small appendix to a huge land mass

The map shows Russia, part of Arabia and Ethiopia and North Norway in the West and does not quite reach over to Kamechatka in the East. South East Asia quite prominent. Great early map to compare with reality!

Light general age toning. Some little spots in margins. Lower margin has been partially reenforced.

The age patina in lower margin more intense.

Map: 25,8 x 34,3 cm (ca. 10.2 x 13.5")

$ 1700.00

Order Nr. ASIAMAP252940

"Die Wueste Gobi und der Lob - Nor"

"Karte zur Vergleichung der Ortsbestimmungen Przewalskijs mit jenen der chinesischen Geographen"

Very interesting map with names given by both Przewalski and Chinese geographers.

Map is after Ferdinand von Richthofen ca 1900. Text on reverse side about China exploration.

Overall light natural age toning.

Map image: 13 x 17.5 cm ( 5.1 x 6.8 ")

$ 55.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP251707

"Carta del Katy o Imperio di Kin ad uso della Storia di Jenghiz Khan riferita nella Storia Generale de'Viaggi. Tratta dagl'Inglesi.". Copper etching in modern coloring. Italian, anonymous. Ca. 1720. Italian edition of previous map.

This interesting map shows the northern part of China which includes the provinces of Shantung, Hopei, Liaoning Kirin and Manchuria. In the north and northwest is Mongolia. At left center begins the Great Wall of China. All of Korea is shown with many of its former names. The map has many topographical details.

The map has 3 vertical and 3 horizontal folds to fit atlas size that are almost invisible. Light overall toning. Condition is Very Good.

20 x 30.7 cm (7.9 x 12.1 ")

$ 440.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1740

" Carta dell'Isola di Cheu Chan o Isola di Chusan". Copper etching by Bellin after Thorton. Ca. 1750. Modern hand coloring.

This map is west oriented. The many islands on this map are located across the bay from Shanghai and belong to the province of Chekiang.
The largest island (in yellow) to the right is Chushan. The green area is part of the mainland.

Map has folds (almost invisible) to fit atlas. Except for a minimal reapired tear in the right margin, the condition is Very Good.

20.2 x 30.2 cm ( 7.9 x 11.9 ")

$ 370.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1696

"Asiae Nova Descriptio"

Copper engraving map by Abraham Ortelius. Published ca 1580.

From the atlas; "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". Original hand coloring.

Text about Asia on the reverse side.

Notice that Japan, the Phippines and other islands are misprojected which adds to the
charm of such an old map.

From the front this is a very attractive map. In the upper are of the centerfold is light browning
from a repair on the reverse side. Some minor signs of age and use in margins.

Map image: 37 x 50 cm ( 14.5 x 19.6 ")

Order Nr. ASIAMAP251961SOLD

"Chine et Japon"

Steel engraving by Th. Duvotenay, 1837.

Folds to fit original book size. Spot in lower right margin corner, otherwise very clean.

18 x 23 cm ( 7 x 9 ")

Order Nr. CHINA242476 SOLD


Type of print: Lithograph

Color: Original hand coloring

Publisher: George W. Colton

Published in: "Colton's Atlas of the World illustrating physical and political geography"

Published: New York, 1856

Map includes all provinces in China, Korea, Taiwan (Formosa) and the island of Hainan. Map has two small insets: "Amoy" and "Canton"

A decorative bordure frames this attractive map.

Condition: Light general age toning. Very attractive, bright colors. Light crease in lower right margin corner without impairment to map. Reverse side is blank.

32 x 39,5 cm (ca. 12.6 x 15.6")


Order Nr. CHINA MAP 239548SOLD

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta"

Copper etching by Willem Janzoon Blaeu (1571-1638)

Map of China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Northern part of the Island of Luzon (Philippines).

Original hand coloring.

Reverse side with explanatory text in French.

Published by Joan Blaeu

Amsterdam, 1634

Of Blaeu's set of maps of China the overall China map. Beautifully originally hand-colored.
A proud piece of map art. Title cartouche and coat of arms dedication to Theodor Bas.
Sailboats scattered on Pacific. A very attractive map.

Light and pleasant age toning. Some very minor traces of age and use in margins.
A little crease in lower margin. A few light spots in margins. Otherwise very minimal spotting.

41,5 x 50 cm (ca. 16.3 x 19.7")

$ 2600.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249016

"Asia recens summa cura delineata"

Copper etching with original borderline hand coloring.

Author: Henricua Hondius (1597-1651)

Publisher: Johann Janssonius (1588-1664)

Published in Amsterdam, 1631

Image in very good condition. Two original numbers written in ink in upper right corner.

Lower margin has some well-executed repairs, one of which reaches along centerfold into map direction India.
On the right side is a repair at the edge of the map image on the green line. Centerfold has been flattened.

37,5 x 49,5 cm (ca. 14.8 x 19.5")


Order Nr. ASIAMAP252894

"Map Of Hindoostan, Farther India, China, and Tibet."

Steel engraving from "Mitchell's New General Atlas, Containing Maps Of The Various Countries Of The World, Plans Of Cities, Etc. Embraced In Forty-Seven Quarto Maps, Forming A Series Of Seventy-Six Maps And Plans, Together With Valuable Statistical Tables." Published in Philadelphia 1860. This is from the first edition of the atlas that was published until 1893. Original hand coloring.

"Farther Asia" refers to what we refer to as Southeast Asia.

Margins have lght spotting. Overall pleasant light age toning.

Map with border: 28.5 x 35 cm ( 11.2 x 13.7 ")

$ 190.00

Order Nr. INDIAMAP239574

"Oestliches China Mit Korea". Wood engraving printed in color. From F.A. Brockhaus' Geogr.-artist Anstalt in Leipzig. Dated 1896.

Map reaches westward to the Shansi and Hunan provinces. In the lower left is Macao and Hong Kong and towards the lower center is Taiwan. South of Korea are a few Japanese islands.

Left margin is very narrow. Map is clean and the overall condition is Much Better than Good.

21.8 x 14.2 cm ( 8.5 x 5.6 ")

$ 95.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1744

"Carte des Découvertes Faites en 1787 dan les Mers de chine et De Tartarie ou depuis Manille jusqu' à Avatcha....". Copper etching by Bouclet from " Atlas du Voyage de la Pérouse" (# 39). Ca. 1800. Recent hand coloring.

This map shows the expedition route of the French in 1789. The route is shown from Canton in the south north to Ochotsk in Russia. In the southwest are part of the Philippines with Manila showing. Further north is Taiwan, Korea, Japan and part of the penninsula of Kamtschatka. In the upper left is the title.

The map has wide margins. In the upper corners of the margins is a water stain. Crease in upper right margin corner.

68.5 x 49.5 cm ( 27 x 19.5 ")

$ 1100.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1742

"Carte du premier periode du Monde depuis Adam jusque' a Moise ou l'on voit la Chronologie & la genealogie des premeirs patriarches avec des remarques pour conduire a l' intelligence de l' Histoire sacree."

Copper engraving published by Henri Abraham Chatelain ( 1684-1743 ). The map was published ca 1730.. Original hand coloring.

This interesting map shows what we call the Eastern Hemphere as it was in ancient times, On bothe sides of the map are listed key Biblical personalties with information ( in French). The map goes back to 4004 B.C. when according to the Old Testament God created man. The decorative geneological chronology around the map has the names of the Biblical persons.

Map has overall pleasant age toning. Light browning along verical centerfold.

37.5 x 46.5 cm ( 14.7 x 18.3 ")

$ 420.00

Order Nr. WORLDMAP240773

"Die Kiau - Tschou Bucht und Umgebung" ( Die Kiau - Tschou Bay and surrounding area )

Wood engraving printed in color, 1895. This map was made after a Japanese map from Shantung
and an English maratime map. The area leased by the Germans around the bay is shown in red.
The aea of interest for the Germans is shown with the red line.

Light age toning and minor signs of age and use in margins.

18.5 x 22.5 cm ( 7.2 x 8.8 ")

$ 145.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP242215

Reverse side:

"Map of Southern China" Reverse side: Map of "Jaffna" in Ceylon

Wood engraving. Printed by Schoenberg, New York City. 1867

Front side shows China coastal region from the mouth of the Yellow River south to Tonquin, the northernmost city of Vietnam. Especially the islands of Formosa (Taiwan) and Hainan are well shown as are the cities of Hong Kong, Macao, Amoy, Funchow, Shanghai. A small, but very interesting map! 21 x 12,2 cm (ca. 8.3 x 4.8")

Reverse side has small map of Jaffna, the northernmost city on the island of Sri Lanka, formerly called Ceylon. 9 x 10,3 cm (ca. 3.5 x 3.9")

Very light and therefore pleasant general age toning. Otherwise flawless.

Order Nr. CHINAMAP239982 SOLD

Carte de L Indo-Chine Septrionale

"Carte de L Indo-Chine Septrionale"

Detailed map of Southeastasia. In the center and upper right is China. Part of Myanmar ( Birma ) is in the lower left corner.
In the lower center part is northern Laos.

Wood engraving by Erhard published 1872. Reverse side is printed.

15.5 x 23.5 cm ( 6.1 x 9.2 ")

$ 80.00


"Kompasskarte aus einem Atlas des 16 Jahrhundertsa"

This is a wood engraving published ca 1900 after a map f the 16th Century in the Museo Civivo in Venice.

Vertical centerfold. Reverse side is printed. Light age toning.

21.5 x 31.5 cm ( 8.5 x 12.5 ")

$ 85.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249443

China (Oestl. Theil), Korea, und Japan

Steel engraving by H. Eberhardt, Terrain and Jungmann and worked on by Erst Debes for Stieler. Dated 1871. Original outline coloring.

In the lower right corner are insets showing detailed plans of Shanghai, Jedo (Tokyo) and Canton and surrounding area. The outline colors designate political boundaries according to the color key at the bottom of the map.

Map is in good condition. Vertical centerfold.

33.5 x 40 cm ( 13.1 x 15.7 ")

$ 145.00

Order Nr. JAPANMAP235815

"Carte Hyro-geographique des Indes Orientales..."

Copper engraving by Jean Lattré after Rigobert Bonne, the Royal Hydrographer (1727 - 1795). Beautifully decorative cartouche, very fine contemporary hand coloring (partially outline, partially general). Paris,1771.

This is part 3 of a map consisting of 4 sheets. It was published in Bonne's ćAtlas Moderne". The map shows south coast of China with Hong Kong and Macao, the islands of Formosa (Taiwan), Hainan and Penghu Islands. It also shows the northern part of the Philippine island Luzon, NorthVietnam, Laos and part of norther Thailand (Siam). Upper right corner is explanatory text.¸

Map is clean, has wide margins and is generally in very good condition.

28.9 x 40.4 cm (11.4 x 15.9")



"Carte De La Perse, De La Féorgie, Et De La Tartarie Indépendante". Copper etching by André for Rigobert Bonne (1729-1795), published ca 1780.

In the upper left is part of the Sea if Azow and a little below the eastern part of the Black Sea. In the upper right is part of Tartarian China. In the lower right is Tibet and Bhutan. In the lower left is the Persian Golf.

Map has vertical centerfold. Very light browning along centerfold.

21 x 32 cm ( 8.2 x 12.5 ")

$ 225.00


"China-Propia oder das eigentliche China 1854." Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. Original outline coloring.

Very detailed map of China with its topographical and political boundaries in 1849. Notice Formosa in the lower right and Hainan at the bottom of the map image.

Light age toning.

26.7 x 21.7 cm ( 10.5 x 8.5 ")

$ 70.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1750

"Carta Dell'Ingresso Del Fiume Di Canton". Copper etching by Bellin for an Italian edition of his atlas, ca 1750. Modern hand coloring.

In the upper left is Canton (Guangzhou) and the large green island at the bottom is Macao.

Left margin has been added. Folds to fit book size. Overall condition is otherwise Almost Very Good.

25.2 x 20.2 cm ( 9.9 x 7.9 ")


" Nuova Carta dell' Imperio della China e dei Paesi circonvicini". Anonymous copper etching in recent coloring. Italian. Ca. 1780-1820

A map showing China and it's neighboring countries. Left of the title cartouche in the lower right is the northern part of the Philippine island of Luzon and further left a small windrose and the island of Hinan. In the lower left is the Bay of Bengal. Further north on the left side is Tibet and in the far north is Siberia.

Condition: Near Very Good.

24.7 x 32.3 cm ( 9.7 x 12.7 ")

$ 580.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1683

Map of North-East China, Showing the Gulf of Pechili, the Tien-Tsin (Peiho) River, and the Approaches to Pekin.

Wood engraving dated 1860. Reverse side is printed. A few very minor spots.

In the lower left is a detailed inset showing Tien-Sin town and river.

22 x 33 cm ( 8.6 x 12.9 ")

$ 50.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP1750

"Empire de la Chine, Rme de Corée et Isles Du Japon". Copper etching by Andre for Rigobert Bonne (1729-1795). Published about 1770. Modern hand coloring.

China, Korea and Japan are shown with there major towns and cities highlighted in red on this map.

Map has wider margins than shown. On upper right margin corner is a light water stain. One tiny hole visible against the light on image. A tiny brown spot than can hardly be seen on image.Very light browning on margin edges. Overall condition is Almost Very Good.

23.2 x 34.5 cm ( 9.1 x 13.6 ")

$ 545.00

Order Nr. CHINA MAP 1703

Maps By Wilhelm Blaeu

" Huquang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Septima". Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Bleau after Martino Martini in Original hand coloring. Amsterdam, ca. 1655.

The region shown on this map lies east of the region shown on the Nanking map. It shows the region around the cities of Yi-chang (Kingcheu), Chang-de (Changte) and Wu-han(Vuchang). Yi-chang and Wu-han lie on the Jangtsekiang that serpentines across the map.Chang-de lies on theYuan-jiang River that flows into the Jangtsekiang where there is a large lake.

The title cartouche shows rice farmers in China. Verso: Text in French.

Overall light age toning. Light spotting in lower margin. Tiny repairs on lower margin edge.There is a light border of age toning on the image line.

Map image: 40.5 x 48.5 cm ( 15.9 x 19 ")

$ 780.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249941

"Queichev, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Decimaquarta". Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Bleau after Martino Martini SJ in original hand coloring.Amsterdam, ca. 1635.

This province lies on the Yuan-jian River and borders in the east with the map above. The title catouche is in the lower right corner. A mileage cartouche is in the upper left corner. Verso: Text in French.

Overall very light toning. A few spots in upper margin not affecting image. Small repairs on lower margin edge.

39.4 x 48.5 cm ( 15.5 x 19.1 ")


Order Nr. CHINAMAP249942

" Xansi, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Secunda". Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Blaeu after Martino Martini SJ in original hand coloring. Amsterdam, ca. 1635.

The province "Xansi" on this map has almost the same boundaries as the present Shan-xi with the provincial capital Tai-yuan, that is shown on the map as Taiyven. It lies west of Peking and borders on the north directly on the Great Wall of China shown in the upper part of the map. In the west and south the provinz borders on the Huang-he River. The Baroque cartouche in the upper left with title is attractive in its simplicity. A mileage chart is in the lower right corner. Verso: Text in French.

The map has overall light toning.Very minor spotting. The center fold has been reinforced and a tear in the
lower part has been repaired. The two upper margin corners have been rounded. Small repair on upper margin edge.

39.7 x 48.2 cm ( 15.6 x 19 ")

$ 780.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249943

"Chekiang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Decima"

Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Blaeu after Martino Martini SJ in original hand coloring, ca 1655.

This map shows the region that reaches on the coast from Hang-zhou in the north to Wen-zhou in the south.

The figures around the cartouche are especially decorative.

Overall very, very light age toning. Condition is almost excellent.

Map image: 40.5 x 48.5 cm ( 15.9 x 19 ")

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249940SOLD

Shantung Blaeu




"Xantung, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Quarta" ( also with part of Korea )

Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Blaeu after Martino Martini SJ in original hand coloring, ca 1655.

Very decorative map of the province of Shantung made after the famous Jesuit missionary Martino Martini.

A detailed map with the Bay of Cang ( Xang ) in the center with various islands. In the upper right
is part of the great wall of China. A large part of Korea lies on th right side connected to China
above the Great Wall. Verso is not printed.

Hardly visible repairs in lower and upper margins on centerfold. A few creases in map image.
Very minor light spotting.

Map image: 40 x 48.5 cm ( 15.7 x 19 ")

$ 1200.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249947

Nanking sive Kiangnan Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona

Kiangnan Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona



Nanking sive Kiangnan Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona

"Nanking sive Kiangnan Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona"

Copper etching by Wilhelm Janzoon Blaeu after Martino Martini SJ in original hand coloring, ca 1655.

Very decorative map of the province of Nona made after the famous Jesuit missionary Martino Martini.
Martini made his famous work using Chinese sources between 1643-1650.

This map shows todays Jiangzu Province and the area that would later become metropolitain Shanghai.
The cartouche in attractive original hand coloring features two Chinese scholars.

A few thin creases. Very minor signs of age and use. A fine map in very good condition.

40 x 50 cm ( 15.7 x 19.6 ")

$ 1100.00

Order Nr. CHINAMAP249948

Asie Moderne

Copper etching by Mallet, 1683.
Modern hand coloring.

Map image is clean. Image printed
slanted on page. Light creases
in lower margin.

14 x 10.2 cm ( 5.5 x 4 ")

$ 390.00

Order Nr. ASIA MAP 1671


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