Rare Russian Imprint Depicting Canton and Macao.
Detailed map showing the second part of the route across China taken by the George Macartney mission after meeting the Emperor of China.
This map represents the overland journey from Hang-Tchoo-Foo to Canton, by road, river, portage and canal. There are many fascinating observations on the people, crops and terrain encountered. In some areas the population is described as "very great." The purposes of the Embassy were to establish, by negotiation with the Emperor, a British trading post and a permanent embassy, at the same time easing restrictions on Anglo-Chinese trade.
Starting in Hangzhou on the Yangtze River delta they passed Nankin on route to Canton, where they met the ships that were to take them home.
The map is from the Russian language edition of Sir George Leonard Staunton's An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China, first published in London: G. Nicol, 1796.
The English-language edition was titled "Sketch of A Journey from Hang-Tchoo-Foo To Quang-Tchoo-Foo or Canton in China."