Fletcher, H. (engraved by).
No date. [ 1738].
TWO SHEETS of copper plate engraved maps, approximately 14 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheets 16 x 10 inches. Light toning, slight wave to paper, tiny "pimple" in paper at upper right of first image, overall very good condition. One sheet shows plans of the Tyen-tang temple and the Ti-tang temple; the other sheet shows a plan of the Ti vang myau, or Hall of Ceremony and a plan of the Que tse Kyeu, or Hall of Ceremony. Beneath these two latter plans are extensive explanations. These sheets are 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 #50791