China with insets 1855 Phillip monumental large engraved map hand colorBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Asia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Great Wall of China).
Issued Liverpool, c. 1855 by George Philip & Son.
Printed by J. Gellatly, Edin. Scotland.
Lovely, uncommon, oversized mid-19th century engraved map. Beautiful original hand color heightened in outline. Decorative piano key border. Near monumental in scale for the era and commercial map production.
Map is uniformly age toned, a few small minor scattered light age spots or stains. Beautiful overall age patina and strong visual appeal despite any age flaws.
Three tiny insets bottom center of Hong Kong, Chu-san Island & island of Amoy. Formosa seen lower right above Luzon Philippines. Explanation key of Chinese Terminations (word meanings) lower left, beside the engraved note about the 5 ports then recently opened to commerce trade by the Treaty of 1842.
Original fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 28" x 21 1/2"
Engraved area measures c. 23 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3, p. 423-5.