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ALLARD, C. - Kanton. (Canton)

ALLARD, C. -  Kanton. (Canton)
Kanton. (Canton) - ALLARD, C.
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Title : Kanton. (Canton).
Map maker : ALLARD, C..
Date : Amsterdam, c.1685-1690.
Size : 8.3 x 10.7 inches. / 21.2 x 27.2 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Very rare town view of Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong province in southern China. Its international name was formerly Canton, after a French language transliteration of the name of the city in Cantonese.
Showing two locals in kimono's, with European trading vessels and a view of the town in the background.
Engraved by Thomas Doesburgh (active between 1683 and 1714) for Carolus Allard's for his Orbis habitabilis oppida et vestitus. This rare work was published in-between 1683, when Allard was granted the privilege mentioned on the plate, and before 1702, when Schenk copied the view for his "Hecatompolis".
The exact date of publication is not known, the British Museum dates its copy to 1680, the Library of Congress dates its copy to 1698, and the New York Public Library dates its copy circa 1700.

First state, later re-published by Pieter van der AA.
"Orbis habitabilis" is a rare and interesting book illustrating towns and costumes. In many cases a plate of a town is followed by another showing the costume of the inhabitants , as is shown in this view of Paris. The images are excellent in design and execution, and wide-ranging and comprehensive in subject matter.
Carel Allard is considered to be the first compiler of a townbook to couple the plates this way. Orbis habitabilis comprises 28 views of European towns (including four costumes), 24 Asian towns (including 4 costumes), 24 African towns (including 6 costumes) and 24 American towns (including 8 costumes). The text for the book is in Latin by Ludolph Smids, a Groningen doctor and antiquary who settled in Amsterdam in 1685.

Guangzhou dates back to the Qin dynasty in 3rd century BC, when the first settlement was established on the site of present-day Guangzhou. Starting in the 16th century the city developed international trade, first with the Portuguese and later the British and other European nations. The city is nowadays a wealthy and prosperous administrative centre in the Pearl river region.¤
Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, vol.IV-1, 453.
Condition : A good and dark impression. Cut on neat line.


ID: 31026

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