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HONG KONG AND CANTON. Edition I-GSGS [Two R.A.F. Cloth Maps, Color Printed Both
[London] 1957, Geographical Section, General Staff. Cloth folding map, opens to 76.5 x 69.5 cm., folds down to be ca. 10 x 12 cm., color printed on two sides, brillantly clean, sharp, no marks, in collector's condition. R A R E This is a lovely pair of very clean, bright undamaged color folding cloth maps. HONG KONG: Shows from 114 degrees west to 122 degrees east, 22 degrees south to 24 degrees north, with a large inset of Taiwan [Formosa] at the lower right. The eastern coast of china is at the left, with a black dotted line outlining the area of Hong Kong including Lamma Island up to Yen T'ien-tung. The upper portion of the map shows Fukien, down to Hong Kong, the far left shows the Hui-yang, and all of the Eastern coast from Hong Kong up to Li-shih Lieh-Tao Islands aka. Rees Islands, near Fou T'ou Wan [bay], and a good part of Guangdong province. CANTON: Shows a large inset at the lower right of Hainan Tao [island]. Shows from 108 degrees west to 114 degrees east, and 18 degrees south to 24 degrees North. Essentially a large part of Guangdong province. Canton is at the upper right area, with Macao, and the Shih-tzu Yang estuary [river up to Canton and at the far left is Pei-hai and Jen yin Ling, touching the eastern part of Kwangsi province up to Canton and Chiu-Chiang and down the coast to Hong Kong, all the islands as well. KEY: The key shows the scale as 1:1,000,000, miles, kilometers, with a reference key[ legend] shows all landmarks, symbols, roads, railway lines, canals, rivers, wells, water pipe lines, contours and other prominent features. all of the small cities, villages, mountains, rivers, roads, and times ahead of G.M.T. RARITY OF THE MAP This map is a relic of the Cold War, issued to British Royal Air Force pilots and crew. Seldom brought home due to the "Restricted" nature of the map, which is imprinted in red both at the top and bottom. All such maps were checked out from the flight line then returned after return to the airbase. "Restricted" is printed in red on both sides. QUITE RARE ! PRINTED ON TWO SIDES The map is printed on both sides. CONDITION: This map is flawless, no defects marks or blemishes whatsoever. Exceptionally brilliant and clean collector's condition. *** SHARED BY THE AMERICANS AND BRITISH FLIERS AND AIR CREW: This map and others like it were also used by the "FLYING TIGERS" during the fight against the Japanese prior to World War II in 1937 through the end in 1945. This map and many similar to it were part of the items issued to "FLYING TIGER" pilots and A.V.G. ["AMERICAN VOLUNTEER GROUP'] pilots. They were often tied around the neck to keep them warm while flying. PART OF THE ESCAPE AND EVASION KIT: The map also had an Annual Magnetic Change compass, miles scale, kilometers, nautical miles [1:1,000,000], altitudes of land mass, legend or key to symbols, roads towns, cities, rivers, mountains and an index to boundaries. This map was part of the U.S. Army Air Force & Naval flyers "E & E" survival kit [Escape and Evasion], printed on thick nylon parachute cloth. These maps were often worn by fighter and other air crew members as scarves to insure they would be with the downed airman if/when his plane or he had to parachute out into the sea or over land. SURVIVAL KIT: Each air crew member carried among other survival supplies, a .38 or .45 caliber pistol, survival knife, a signal mirror [stainless steel or glass], compass and some basic food rations, fishing kit, water purification tablets, along with minor medical supplies; the whole kit was tucked into the pant pocket of the flight suit. The majority of these perishable maps have been lost during the Korean War and few if any others survived the attrition rate of war, time and climate prevented many from ever being brought back home. This map was issued to fliers to insure downed fliers had some chance to navigate their way back to friendly forces. These maps are truly RARE & seldom found on the market. .
      [Bookseller: Rare Oriental Book Company, ABAA, ILAB -]
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