Bowen, E. (engraved by).
No date. [ 1738].
Copper plate engraving, 9 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches on sheet 16 x 10 inches. Narrow left margin with little paper loss just entering the neat line at upper left. Soft undulations to the paper. Map is clean and bright. An attractive early map of the Pearl river delta from Kanton to the sea including Ma-kau (Macau), Lan-tou (Hong Kong's Lantau Island), and islands to the southwest. At left is an inset map "Plan of Quang-Chew Fu commonly called Kanton" showing the divisions of the city: Tartar City, Chinese City and Suburb, with the location of forts. This is a plate from Du Halde's "A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary: together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries" published in London in 1738. Originally published in French in 1735, this was an encyclopedic compendium by Jesuit priest Jean Baptiste Du Halde of the written accounts of some 27 Jesuits in China, documenting the history and customs of the country. Item #50416