Old Maps Collection
Neat outline of the Beijing river in China located in the Indian Sea
Nette afteekening van de rivier Pekingh in Sina heel groot bestek geleegen in de Indische Zee.
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Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
105 x 64 cm
This is a map of the Pearl River and Ganjiang River, the only route from Macao to Beijing allowed to westerns. Given its importance quite a number of maps depicting these areas can be found, this particular one is Dutch but with clear Portuguese influence both in the depiction and the place names. The map is vertically divided in half by a red line, the left part is an upper extension of the part on the right. The route was up the Pearl River starting in Macao until Nanxiong (Namhun), then on foot to Nanungan (Nangan) and taking the Ganjian River until Beijing. On the river course a lot of places are identified with stylized buildings in different sizes to emphasize the importance of each place. Some pagodas are also marked for they played an important role in navigational aid.
Original is a manuscript map, 105 x 64 cm.
Map oriented vertically with an oval title cartouche oriented horizontally.
There is a 32-point compass rose on the center of the map with a fleur de lis indicating north, and a star on the East point. It is colored red, blue and yellow.
Double scale line on each side of the map in Dutch miles, colored red and blue interchangeably.
Relief shown pictorially.
The river is outlined in magenta with island colored green, magenta and yellow.
Map outlined in triple fillet with border in yellow.
Macao in China maps.
China -- Maps
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE B-12948 (RES)