1870 Murray Map of Manchuria, China

Map to accompany the Notes on Manchuria by the Rev. Alexander Williamson. - Main View

1870 Murray Map of Manchuria, China


Reverend Alexander Williamson's 1860s travels through Manchuria.


Map to accompany the Notes on Manchuria by the Rev. Alexander Williamson.
  1870 (dated)     10.75 x 13 in (27.305 x 33.02 cm)     1 : 3801600


This is an 1870 John Murray map of Manchuria, China - a region that within 20 years would become the stage for a global power struggle between Imperial Japan, Qing China, and Tzarist Russia. The map was drawn to accompany a paper written by Reverend Alexander Williamson and published in The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. Parallel lines trace Williamson's travels through the region. Cities, towns, and villages are labeled throughout, including Mukden (Shenyang). The region's impressive topography leaps off the page, and its extensive river network is well illustrated. Part of the Willow Palisade (labeled here as Barrier of Stakes or Palisade) appears and traverses a southwest-northeast line through the map's center. The Willow Palisade, a system of embankments and ditches planted with willows, was built by the Qing in the late 17th century and separated traditionally Manchu areas from Mongol territory.
Alexander Williamson and Manchuria
Alexander Williamson (December 5, 1829 - September 1890) was a Scottish Protestant missionary and member of the London Missionary Society, who spent years working, studying, and traveling in China. After attending Glasgow University, where he completed his theological studies, he applied to the London Missionary Society mission to China. Williamson traveled through Manchuria three times in the 1860s.
Publication History and Census
This map was engraved by Edward Stanton and published by John Murray for the Royal Geographical Society in Volume 39 of The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1870. An example is part of the institutional collection at Princeton University. This map is not cataloged in OCLC.


John Murray I (1737 - 1793) founded the British publishing firm John Murray (1768 - present) in London. Born in Edinburgh, Murray served as an officer in the Royal Marines and built a list of authors that included Isaac D’Israeli and published the English Review. Murray the elder also was one of the founding sponsors of the London evening newspaper The Star in 1788. John Murray II (November 27 1778 - June 27, 1843) continued the family publishing business and developed it into one of the most important and influential publishing houses in Britain. The list of authors published by the firm grew to include Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving, George Crabbe, and Lord Byron under his tenure. Murray II also moved the business to 50 Albermarle Street in Mayfair, which became famous for Murray’s tradition of ‘four o’clock friends’, which was afternoon tea with his writers. John Murray III (1808 - 1892) continued to grow the business, and the firm published the first English translation of Goethe’s Theory of Colours, David Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species during his tenure. Murray also published Herman Melville’s first two books. The firm began publishing Murray Handbooks in 1836, an ancestor of all modern travel guides. Sir John Murray IV (1851 - 1928) was publisher to Queen Victoria. Three successive Murray’s after Murray IV led the business until it was purchased by Hodder Headline in 2002, which was acquired by the French conglomerate Lagardère Group in 2004. Today, Murray is an imprint of Lagardère under the imprint Hachette UK. More by this mapmaker...

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Williamson, A., 'Notes on Manchuria', The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society Vol. 39 (London: John Murray) 1869.    


Very good. Exhibits even overall toning and light wear along original fold lines. Bottom right margin extended.


Princeton University Library G7822.M2C2 1870 .R6.