XINJIANG TUZHI: XINJIANG QUANSHENG YUDI TU. (Maps of the Entire Province of Xinjiang). Shanghai, 2017. 2 folding explanatory sheets and 59 folding maps of areas of Xinjiang province. 26x19 cm. Loose in a card folder.
Facsimile reproduction of the 1924 reissue by the East Asia Institute of a set of maps of Xinjiang province, the Chinese part of the Silk Road. First compiled at the very end of the Qing dynasty in 1909, the first year of the reign of the Xuantong emperor, Pu Yi, the Last Emperor. Comprises an introductory sheet, a sheet listing the maps, a large map of the entire province of Xinjiang, four maps of the four quarters of Xinjiang and 54 maps of the regions, prefectures etc. of the province. The map of the entire province measures 65x69 cm, all the other maps are on sheets measuring 37x41 cm. The maps show a good amount of geographical detail plus roads, tracks, towns and villages, some historical sites and electricity lines. This set of maps was probably produced by the Chinese government as, at the very end of the Qing dynasty, Xinjiang was starting to become problematic due to increasing unrest and increasing involvement in 'The Great Game' between the British and Russian empires. The 1924 reissue was probably for much the same reasons. A fascinating compilation. All text in Chinese. Hard to obtain.
Subjects: Maps and Atlases Silk Road
Available, as of: 03/03/2020
Was item 689 in printed List 196.
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