1851 Black Map of China
Description: A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1851 map of China. The map covers China from the Chinese Tartary to Hainan and from Assam in India to Korea (Corea), inclusive of Formosa or Taiwan. Four inset maps detail Amoy, Hong Kong, ZhouShan and Hainan. The Great Wall of China is identified. Taiwan or Formosa is mapped vaguely, representing the poor knowledge of the region prior to the Japanese invasion and subsequent survey work in 1895. The map identifies both Hong Kong and Macao.
During this time in history, this region was dominated by China's last Imperial Dynasty, the Qing. As this map went to press, in 1851, the region was about to dissolved into one of the bloodiest wars in human history, the Taiping Rebellion against the Qing, lasing from 1851 and 1862, cost more than 20 million lives. Around the same time Second Opium War or the Arrow War, from 1856 to 1860, resulted in China concession of Tientsin and Hong Kong to the British.
Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers, mountain passes and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, blue and yellow pastels to define provincial boundaries. The map is engraved by W. Hughes and issued as plate no. 55 in the 1851 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Date: 1851 (undated)
Source: Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.
References: Rumsey 2305.065 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.
Cartographer: Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.
Size: Printed area measures 16.5 x 12.5 inches (41.91 x 31.75 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.
Code: China-black-1851 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)