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NEW MAP OF SHANGHAI: Ahead of Title: Pocket Edition 1945.
- [Shanghai 1945, Asia Geographical Institute.] Blue cloth, 10 x 14.5 cm., a color folding map opens to 75 x 53.5 cm., English text, very good, no tears or defects. OBSCURE WORK ! FIRST AND ONLY EDITION A very charming period work, issued July 1, 1945, just before the end of World War II. * The map was designed for foreign visitors to the great port city. The title cartouche is at the top left, with insets of "Native City," "Central District," "Western District Extension," "Shanghai Central of Municipal District," "Reference" key to the symbols, and a scale chart in kilometers and statute miles listed, with the 1:24000 scale noted. Red bold large font writing shows the districts: Nan Tao, Chinese City, The Special District and Poo Tung. The snake-like Whangpoo River winds its way through and divides the city, as it flows to the sea. Then Soochow Creek is also shown miandering through the Central District as it flows into the Whang Poo River. * The reference guide shows the symbols to locate banks, buildings, churches, consulates, fire stations, hospitals, markets, oil stations, bus road, railway, police stations, post offices, road completed, roads under construction, schools, stores, theaters and tram ways each have a unique symbol. * Great detail has been taken in citing important places to foreigners in smaller red characters: Quai de France-Bund , N. Szechuen Tiendong Rds, Haiming N.Honan Rds, Marche de Test, and several others. The race course is located in the center of the city, with various parks, gardens, tombs, fields, cemetaries, rifle range, athletic field, gymnasium, football grounds, et al in green. Along the Whang Poo waterfront are located some of the major shipping lines, customs, shipyards, major trading companies, merchants, steamship docks, Standard Oil, wharfs &c. * The inset of the Central District shows every main and many smaller streets, with the location of various points of interest, theaters, YMCA, Salvation Army, police, taylors, merchants, hotels, banks, cafes, famous buildings, stock exchange, native products, power company, Chinese companies, consulates, Christian bookstore, Robert Dollar Building and a host of others. Bus, tram, railways noted. * The map begina at 25 degrees through 34 East to West, and from 31 to 12 degrees North-South, with a nice compass showing North in the lower right corner. * The condition of the map is remarkably nice, and folds down to fit inside the cloth binding, which is certainly small enough to slip into one's pocket. There is a very mild browning to the paper in general due to age, but is NOT brittle, or otherwise weak. This work was printed on quite thick paper which resisted tearing and is quite solid. * A remarkable work, suitable for framing and display. A lovely and graphic color image of Asia's most international and vibrant economic force in all China.
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