Province Xi. Se-Chwen


An effort to map China’s Sichuan province with precision, from the early 18th century.

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This detailed map was engraved by Emanual Bowen and published in an English edition of Johanna Baptiste du Halde’s ‘Descriptions De La Chine‘ in 1714. It covers a historic iteration of the Chinese province of Sichuan which includes the city of Chongqing (Chong-Kin).

As noted in the explanation at the bottom of the sheet, Fu, Chew, and Hyen are added to the end of names of cities to identify their status within the Qing Empire. These are clearly reflected in the list of observed coordinates, lower right, in which the provincial capital of Chengdu (Ching-tu) is bold.

Topography is depicted pictorially, giving some impression of the region’s harsh terrain – one of the reasons the province was able to maintain a distinct cultural identity which persists to this day.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1714

Author: Emanuel Bowen

Sheet Width (in): 20.90

Sheet Height (in): 17.10

Condition: A

Condition Description: Damp stain in the upper right corner, well away from the image, and minor creasing along the vertical fold line. Very good condition, with attractive hand color.


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