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Charting a Pioneering English Diplomatic Mission to China

China/ Taiwan/ Korea. BARROW, J. [London, 1796]
A Chart, On Mercator’s Projection, containing the Track and Soundings of the Lion, the Hindostan and Tenders, from Turon-Bay in Cochin-China to the mouth of the Pei-Ho River in the Gulph of Pe-Tche-Lee Or Pekin…. 28 x 19 ½ inches
Fine hand color; fine condition.

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A very attractive chart, in a pristine example, that includes the voyage track of ships bearing an important, early English diplomatic delegation to China. It appeared in Staunton's An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China, an account of the Earl of Macartney's embassy to the Emperor of China. The chart notes dates as well as chronometer readings of positions. Lord Macartney’s embassy to China, the first of its kind, was a landmark in Sino-English diplomatic relations. Its twofold goal was to gain from the emperor better treatment of English merchants in China and permission to establish a British minister on Chinese soil (which was denied.)

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