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Stock# 60495
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An Early Missionary Map of Canton (Guangzhou) Published in Canton.

Woodblock map of Canton. Folds as issued, edges a little creased and torn in places not affecting the map. This plan of the city of Canton published in The Chinese Repository Volume II, 1834, was based on a well regarded Chinese map "executed by a native hand - we "dare" not say artist..." published with the aim of allowing readers of The Chinese Repository an accurate picture of the city of Canton. At this period Europeans were not allowed to venture beyond the confines of the European factories vicinity and so all knowledge of what lay beyond had to be drawn from Chinese sources.

The map is a facsimile of the Chinese map in all but one vital detail: the text on the original map was in Chinese whereas here the Chinese characters have been removed and replaced by the letters a - q (with the exclusion of j) each of which indicate places of interest. 

a. The Choo Keiing or Pearl River... 
b The foreign factories on the north bank of the river... 
c Mosque in the Old City... 
d. A native pagoda. This stands north of the mosque, or Mohammedan pagoda, as it has often been called. 
e. A lofty and conspicuous building called the five-storied pagoda... 
f. The governor's house; it stands in the new city not far from the Yew-lan gate... 
g. The fooyuen's house, which stands near the centre of the old city... 
h. House of the tseangkeun or Tartar general... 
i. The house of the hoppo;... 
k. House of the heo-yuen or literary chancellor of Canton ... 
l. House of the pooching sze, or treasurer of the provincial revenue... 
m. House of the gancha sze, or criminal judge of the province... 
n. The house of yen-yun sze or superintendent of the salt department... 
o. Kung-yuen; a hall for the reception of literary candidates at the regular examinations... 
p. Yuh-ying-ting; a foundling hospital... 
q. Teen-tsze ma-taou; the execution ground...