1933 T'ou-sè-wè Map of Shanghai Showing Catholic Missions

ShanghaiCatholic-tousewe-1933
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Shanghai Catholique.
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1933 T'ou-sè-wè Map of Shanghai Showing Catholic Missions

ShanghaiCatholic-tousewe-1933

Rare Chinese-Jesuit imprint thematic map illustrating Catholic Missionary activity in Shanghai.

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Title


Shanghai Catholique.
  1933 (dated)    18.5 x 29.5 in (46.99 x 74.93 cm)     1 : 23000

Description


This is an extremely rare 1933 map of Catholic Missions in Shanghai. The map was published in Shanghai by the T'ou-sè-wè Orphanage Press, a Jesuit printing press run as part of a vocational school / orphanage situated just southwest of the French Concession. The T'ou-sè-wè Orphanage is today a museum and is considered the birthplace of modern Chinese creative arts. The map is centered on the Bund and covers the old French Concession and International Settlement as well as the Walled Chinese City and surrounding areas. There are insets of Zi-Ka Wei (Xujiahui), where the T'ou-sè-wè Orphanage and Mission was located, Hongkeu (Hongkou), and Loukawè at the center of the French Concession. Catholic owned properties are highlighted in red with, in many cases, individual churches and buildings noted. The map also identifies important streets, parks, wharves, and more.

This early Chinese-Jesuit imprint is quite rare with the only other known example residing in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. It accompanied in equally rare 1933 volume on Catholic Missionary activity in China by P. Louis Hermand entitled, Les Etapes de la mission du Kiang-Nan, 1842-1922, et de la Mission de Nanking, 1922-1932.

Cartographer


T'ou-sè-wè (fl. c. 1900 - 1939) or 土山湾 or Tushanwan was a Chinese orphanage, vocational school, printing house active in the Xujiahui District of Shanghai, China. It is considered to be the birthplace of modern Chinese creative arts. T'ou-Sè-Wè, as it was then pronounced was initially a Jesuit Orphanage located just southwest of the old French Concession. The Orphanage was founded in 1864 and specialized in teaching their orphan charges practical vocations such as carpentry, stained-glass work, painting, wood carving, and printing. As a Catholic mission, the work of the orphanage often went into newly build churches, church projects, and other church properties. The publishing work of the T'ou-sè-wè printing house included numerous works both in French and Chinese on history, geography, theology the natural sciences, language, and astronomy. Their works received accolade at world exhibitions in 1900, 1915, 1935 and 1939. The Jesuits were expelled from Shanghai in 1949 by Communist revolutionaries, but the orphanage did fully not close until 1960. Today the site of the former orphanage houses the Tushanwan Museum, opened in June of 2010.

Source


Hermand, P. Louis, Les Etapes de la mission du Kiang-Nan, 1842-1922, et de la Mission de Nanking, 1922-1932, (Shanghai : T'ou-sè-wè) 1933.    

Condition


Very good. Minor wear and toning on original fold lines. A couple of minor verso reinforcements with Japanese tissue. Else clean.

References


OCLC 495090722. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, DCP Ge C 20059.