Plan of the Foeign Concessions. Tientsin. Drawn for Crow's 'Handbook for China.'
1921 (undated) 6 x 11.75 in (15.24 x 29.845 cm)
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This is a 1921 Carl Crow city map or plan of the foreign concessions in Tianjin (Tientsin), China. The map, which is bisected by the Hai River, depicts the sector of the city in which the international concessions were located, from the Austria-Hungarian concession to the Japanese and Belgian concessions. Some of the streets are labeled, mostly in the British Concession, as well as locations around the map, including the German barracks, the Russian consulate, and the railway station. The Austria-Hungarian, Japanese, French, Italian, Russian, German, British, and Belgian concessions are labeled. The concessions cover 5 miles and are all located along the river. Tianjin's location at the intersection of the Grand Canal and the Hai, formerly Peiho River, connecting Beijing and the Bohai Bay, made Tianjin one of the most important ports in China. Before the 19th century, the Chinese restricted European trade because of fears that such activity would upset order in the empire. After a series of defeats, the ruling dynasty was forced to allow foreign trade and even cessions of Chinese sovereignty. The first concessions in Tianjin were granted to the British and the French and the others followed between 1895 and 1900. All of the concessions were returned to China by 1947.
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.
Crow, C. The Travelers' Handbook for China (including Hong Kong) 3rd Edition (Shanghai: Carl Crow) 1921.
Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Light toning. Blank on verso.