1921 Crow Map of China

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1921 Crow Map of China


Detailed map of China labeling numerous cities and illustrating transportation routes.


  1921 (undated)     14.75 x 16 in (37.465 x 40.64 cm)     1 : 4224000


This is a 1921 Carl Crow map of China. The map depicts the region from Central Asia to the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan (Formosa) and from Mongolia and Manchuria to Hainan and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand). China itself is divided into provinces, such as Yunnan, Jiangxi (Kiangsi), Jiangsu (Kiangsu), and Shanxi (Shansi). Numerous cities of varying size are labeled, including Beijing (Peking), Shanghai, Macau (Macao), Hong Kong, and Guangzhou (Canton). Both operating and proposed railways are illustrated, with operating lines noted using thick red lines. Steamer routes are indicated in blue, tying together coastal ports throughout the region. Several rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges are also labeled. A key, situated in the lower right corner, explains the various different notations utilized on the map.

This map was published by Carl Crow in his Handbook for China in 1921.


Carl Crow (1884 - 1945) was a born in Missouri and is known for, among several achievements, opening the first Western advertising agency in Shanghai, China. Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911, where he lived for 25 years. He worked as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and advertising agent, while also spending time as a hostage negotiator, police sergeant, farmer, and a liaison for the U.S. government. He was also a celebrated author whose book, 400 Million Customers, won several awards when it came out in the 1930s and has been reprinted at least twice during the 21st century. During his time in China he met and interviewed most of the major figures of the day, including Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong's second-in-command Zhou En-lai. Fearing retribution because of his anti-Japanese sentiments, he left Shanghai in 1937, only a couple of days after the Japanese attacked during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He worked for American intelligence during the Second World War and became one of the first westerners to journey up the Burma Road. He died in Manhattan in 1945. Learn More...


Crow, C. The Travelers' Handbook for China (including Hong Kong) 3rd Edition (Shanghai: Carl Crow) 1921.    


Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Closed tears extending 3.5 inches and 1 inch respectively prefessionally repaired on verso. Blank on verso.