(CHINA.) MANN, Frederick, & Helen E. Mann.
Map of the Shooting Districts lying between Hangchow – Nanking – Wuhu and Shanghai.
Compiled from the Best Authorities with Numerous Additions. 1884-5-6, 1898, 1901-2-3-4. By the late Fred Mann. Brought completely up to date with the inclusion of all railways Open and Projected and the Names of Principal Towns, Romanised according to the Revised Regulations of the Imperial Chinese Post Office, names in Chinese Characters in the Mandarin Dialect, by Helen E. Mann.
Rare: OCLC locates just 8 copies in institutional libraries worldwide, including only 2 in British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, Oxford). Features on the map image include a tide table at Shanghai, railways (open and under construction), creeks, canals, large towns, swamps, pagodas, province boundaries, and a note on the famous Hangchow Bore; along with colourful local references such as stretches of the river “used by junks in summer” or “used all the year round by river steamers”. The case’s front pastedown has a table of distances (from Shanghai, Soochow, Wusih, Chnghchow, Wuhu, Huchow, Sungkiang, Kashing and Haining, with various stages and posts), and another table giving distance in nautical miles by the winter route between towns etc on the Yang-Tze-Kiang for Shanghai to Chingkiang, and Chingkiang to Wuhu and Tatung. Staging posts include names such as Centaur Buoy, Light Ship, Mud Fort, Pillars. Colonel Gother Frederick Mann (1817-1881), Royal Engineers, came from a family of army officers and military engineers; Gother Mann (1747-1830) is listed in ODNB and made extensive charts and maps in Canada, including the laying out of townships, most noticeably Toronto. Fred Mann and his wife, Margaret, served in Trinidad (1847-50) and China (1857-61), and he clearly returned there to compile this map; he is mentioned briefly in David Harris’s Of Battle and Beauty: Felice Beato’s Photographs of China (2000).
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Octavo. Original dark slate-green cloth, gilt lettered on front cover. Large folding map coloured jade green, red and black (1200 750 mm, folding down to 160 200 mm), dissected into 32 sections, backed on to linen. Ownership inscription of F.S.L. Jones on front pastedown, facing folded linen blank and initials dated ’09 on 3 other linen blanks; gift inscription to facing blank dated 10/1.15. A couple of short tears to spine of cloth case, a very small area of letterpress on the legend worn, general paper toning and a few light stains, one or two very faint pencil marks, otherwise in surprisingly good condition.