Old Maps Collection
Kanton in platte grondt
Plate forme de la ville de Kanton
Wolfgang, Abraham, fl. 1658-1694, printer
Janssonius van Waesberghe, Gillis, fl. 1675-1706, printer
Boom, Hendrick, 1644-1709, printer
Van Someren, Abraham, 1662-1700, printer
Goethals, Rembertus, fl. 1687-1706, printer
City Plans & Views
JPEG, 8931 × 7170, 86MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
29 x 37 cm, on sheet 32 x 40 cm
This is a hybrid between a view and a plan of the city of Guangzhou. It was published in the work 'Het gezantschap der Neêrlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie' of 1693 by Johannes Nieuhof. This book served as a major influence in the rise of popularity of the Orient in the early 18th century Europe. In this particular view, at the bottom it is depicted the Pearl River with a large number of vessels to demonstrate the city's importance as a trading harbor. Along the riverbank it can be seen people and boats. Inside the city walls it is seen the buildings depicted in a grid. The most important buildings are drawn in detail and are explained in the legend that identifies 15 places. The city is surrounded by nature and small villages in the valleys. This map was created during the final stages of the Qing conquest over the Ming. The Qing were the last imperial dynasty in China, and was the second conquest dynasty to rule all of China.
The original bird's eye view was published in the 'Het gezantschap der Neêrlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen keizer van China' by Johannes Nieuhof, 29 x 37 cm.
Title in banderole held by a cherub on the top left corner and Dutch legend on the top right corner also in cartouche held by two cherubs.
Relief shown pictorially.
View outlined in simple fillet.
Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie
Guangzhou Shi (China)
Het gezantschap der Neêrlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen keizer van China
Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672
Harvard College Library
Provenance Call No.:
MA 17.71 (China) f*