London: Prepared for the China Inland Mission by Stanford's Geographical Establishment, 1899. 890 x 1070 mm (35 x 42 1/4"). Large folding map, dissected and laid down on linen (as issued), the map folds into a quarto-size green cloth binding, with a printed table ("Area and Population of China Proper") affixed to the front pastedown and gilt titles on the front panel. Some faint evidence of moisture to the linen (map unaffected), with a bit of edgewear to the boards; else a near fine copy. Item #19116
This large, detailed map shows the railroads and stations of the China Inland Mission and other Protestant missions. The China Inland Mission, highlighted in red, was a Protestant mission set up by Hudson Taylor in 1865. The map also includes a legend and relief shown by shading and spot heights. It also depicts cities, prefectures, independent subprefectures, departments, districts, towns, markets, mountains, mountain passes, rivers, and lakes, as well as railways constructed and proposed. The mapmaker, Emil Bretschneider, was a Russian doctor who served as physician to the Russian delegation in Beijing and immersed himself in the study of Chinese literature. He utilized the Russian Orthodox mission library with its extensive collection of Chinese books on history, geography and botany. He was also able to draw on his connections with the Chinese government and various commercial and ecclesiastical institutions in order to access the finest geographical sources for use in his maps.