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(1) Montagne des Cinq Tetes de Cheval Pres de Chau Cheu Fu; Cité de Chau Cheu Fu (2) Plan de l'Enceinte de la Ville De Nan-King ou Kyang-Ning-Fou Capitale de la Province de Kyang-nan; Plan de la Ville De Su-Tcheou-Fou (3) Vusihyen; Hou-Tcheou-Fou (4) Hu Kcu Hyen; Ville de Tong Cheu

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Eight plans and views of Chinese cities on four plates from Prevost d'Exiles' influential collection of travel narratives, Histoire Generale des Voyages. From top to bottom: 1) Two beautifully detailed views of the Shaoguan (Chau Cheu Fu) region in northern Guangdong Province, China; the view on the left is of the "Five Horse-Head Mountain," today's Danxia Mountain Geopark, a UNESCO World Culture site. On the right is a view of the Shaoguan cityscape. 2) Two plans of walled cities in what is now China's Zhejiang province; the plan at the top is of Wucheng (Vusihyen), now a district of the Zhejiang city of Jinhua; below is a plan of Huzhou (Hou-Tcheou-Fou), today a large city at the center of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area in northern Zhejiang. 3) Two plans of walled cities in what are now China's Jiangsu (Kyang-nan) Province; the plan on the left is of the provincial capital of Nanjing; on the right is a plan of Suzhou (Su-tcheou-fou), now the province's second largest city and a major economic center. 4) Two charmingly designed views of Chinese riverside cities. The view on the left is of Hukou (Hu Kcu Hyen), now a district of the Yangtze River port of Jiujiang in Jiangxi Province. The view on the right is of Tongzhou (Tong Cheu), today a district of Beijing, historically important for its role as the land and water approach to the capital.
Item Number: RS2922
Cartographer: Bellin/Prevost d'Exile
Place & Date: Paris / 1755
Size: (1) 7" x 4 5/8"; 5 3/8" x 4 5/8" (2) 10 3/4" x 8 1/8" (3) 5 5/8" x 8 3/4" (4) 11" x 5"
Condition: b&w; overall age toning; minor spotting; margins extended to accommodate volume width
Price: SOLD