Detailed map of the area around Macao and just south of Hong Kong Island, showing the islands around the entrance to the Chinese coastal area around Canton river and Macao.
Shows a number of islands, sounding depths, etc. Tanco island, Island of Sancian and many smaller unnamed ones. A remarkable early visual record of the trading coastline when China was a distant mysterious empire, known almost exclusively by its trading cities.
Originally issued by Bellin.
Jakob van der Schley was a skilled draftsman and engraver who operated out of Amsterdam and had strong ties with the Hague. He was trained by Bernard Picart and his style resembles that of the elder man. Van der Schely was known for intricately engraved portraits and frontispieces. He signed most of the plates used in the Hague edition of the Abbe Prevost's Histoire generale des voyages.