1937 or Showa 12 World War II Japanese Map of Shanghai (w/photo of Bund)
Description: This is a rare and beautiful 1937 map of Shanghai China. It was made just around the start of the second Sino-Japanese war and World War II and is entitled 'War Progress in Shanghai'. Printed 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. Important buildings along the Bund are carefully noted, including the first HSBC Bank, the British Club, the Peace Hotel & 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.
A small inset map of Nanjing or Nanking is also included in the lower right quadrant of the map. Another larger inset shows a regional map. Most of the text is written in both Japanese and English. This map was issued by the Japanese Military during World War II.
Date: 1937 (undated)
Cartographer: Japanese Military during World War II. Click here for a list of rare maps from the Japanese Military during World War II.
Size: Printed area measures 30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 50000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Some spotting here and there. Minor ink stain over inset map. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.
Code: Shanghaibund-showa12-1937 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Shanghai Bund , View , City Plan , Tourist Map , Japanese Map