The New Map of Shanghai. /上海最新地圖 / Shànghǎi zuìxīn dìtú.
1937 (undated) 21 x 30 in (53.34 x 76.2 cm)
1 : 12000
This is a rare and beautiful bilingual 1937 map of Shanghai, China. It was made just around the start of the Second Sino-Japanese war and World War II. Printed by the Japanese in the 12th year of Hirohito's reign, it depicts downtown Shanghai including the Chinese Quarter, the French Concession, the English Quarter (along the Bund) etc. Nineteen important buildings along the Bund are carefully noted and can be referenced via a table to the right of the view. These include the first HSBC Bank, the British Club, the Peace Hotel and the Customs House. There is also a lovely vintage panoramic photo of the Bund along the bottom of the map.
The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on the section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent area. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai and building heights are restricted in this area.
The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading housing from the United Kingdom, France, United States, Italy, Russia, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the consulates of Russia and Britain, a newspaper, the Shanghai Club and the Masonic Club. The Bund lies north of the old walled city of Shanghai. This was initially a British settlement. A building boom at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial hub of East Asia. The former French Bund, east of the walled city was formerly more a working harbor.
There are several editions of this map and the differences are primarily restricted to the insets. The present example, one of the scarcer, features insets of Nanking (Nanjing), Hanchow Shiwoo (Hangzhou), and Soochow (Suzhou), as well as of the greater Shanghai vicinity.
Very good. Minor wear and toning along original fold lines. A couple of minor verso reinforcements. Generally a very clean example.