Manuscript coastal chart "A Draft of the Ladroon Islands on the Coast of China near the Mouth of the River Canton."

Lot Number 33
Author KEMPTHORNE, Captain John (fl. 1669), attributed to.
Title Manuscript coastal chart "A Draft of the Ladroon Islands on the Coast of China near the Mouth of the River Canton."
Year Published 1687
Place Printed (Southeastern China),
Printed By
Description [CHINA]. -- KEMPTHORNE, Captain John (fl. 1669), attributed to. Manuscript coastal chart "A Draft of the Ladroon Islands on the Coast of China near the Mouth of the River Canton." N.p. (Southeastern China), ca. 1687. Pen-and-ink drawing on paper, the sea hand-colored in full, pale olive-green wash and the land areas colored in outline in contrasting colors. Two coastal profile drawings and 32 rhumb lines radiating from a fine, large multi-colored compass rose, and a scale of leagues. Mountains are shown pictorially on the islands, and 'Paddy Grounds' indicated along the 'Canton' (Pearl/Hsi Chiang River). Image 652 x 963 mm, with margins. Framed behind filtered plexiglass. An original 17th century English Thames School manuscript sea chart, bearing close resemblance to extant charts drawn by Captain John Kempthorne who sailed in Chinese waters in the service of the East India Company in 1686-88. R.A. Skelton in Explorers Maps, fig. 115 illustrates Kempthorne's 1687 chart in the British Library of Amoy, also in southeastern China, which is very similar stylistically and in lettering to this chart. Macao is named and shown by a walled town symbol. In the Hong Kong area, all of Lantau Island is delineated, with numerous islands nearby, one of which is doubtlessly Hong Kong. Kempthorne's sketches of his Asian travels from ca. 1688-90 are in the Papers of Sir Hans Sloane at the British Library.
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Estimated Price USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
Actual Price USD 110,500.00

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Auction Name Books and Manuscripts
Sale Number #2622
Auction Date April 10, 2012 - April 10, 2012
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