Chinese manuscript charts plus an accompanying hand-colored manuscript military map
[China.] Collection of three hand-colored Qing Dynasty manuscript maritime charts and one Qing manuscript military map, as below. $95,000.
These color manuscript charts use Chinese landscape painting techniques, sketching the outlines of topographic features such as straits of Zhejiang; Jiangsu and Fujian provincial boundaries; mountains; rivers; islands; reefs; and also architecture: walled cities and lower administrative regions; Chinese Qing marine posts; dams; bridges; temples; pagodas; ancestral halls, etc. The charts focus on administrative boundaries and locations of military interest. They are titled, 浙江省海塘图, with the cartographer named as朱瑞麟; “Quemoy (or Kinmen) Neighbourhood”; 全浙洋面岛屿图说; and 船由橫闸出江形勢图. The length of the charts is substantial. The longest one (全浙洋面岛屿图说) measures a full 487cm wide.
This collection appears to have come into the possession of Hugh Gough, the commander-in-chief of the British forces in China, during fort sieges in the First Opium War.