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Vrooman, Daniel
(Guangzhou) Map of the City and Entire Suburbs of Canton. Made By Rev. D. Vrooman
1855. Canton. 1365 x 723 mm. Hand drawn on thin paper and laid on a larger sheet of paper. Restorations, with minor areas of loss a old folds.- Vrooman's exceedingly rare manuscript plan offers a little-seen view of Canton on the eve of the Second Opium War.Constructed by Vrooman using Chinese converts as spies to pace off and describe sections of Canton which were closed to foreigners, Vrooman's map is among the earliest surviving western mapsof Canton and contains intricate details of life and trade in the port city. Hand drawn with individual block print letters, the mapis extremely rare and substantially different thanthe later Vrooman maps issued after the seizure of Canton during the Second Opium War.Until recently, the1855 plan was known in only one institutional example (British Library), but comparison with that example at the British Library reveals that this example pre-dates that model. Similarly, this example appears to also pre-date the example recently acquired by the Library of Congress.This, then, is the earliest known, and a previously unrecorded, example of the map. It shows the important port of Canton before it was attacked and damaged in the Second Opium War (1856-1860). This earliest example, dated 1855, shows Canton with English labels. It is a large plan in large scale, showing the city’s streets, the walls of the Old City, and the developed areas near the riverside. Other details on the map include ponds and the many rice paddies surrounding the city. While the other surviving examples show the hills to the north in profi … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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