1896 Atlas Universel Plan de Peking d’apres les documents les plus recents
By: Remy Hauserman
Date: 1896 (Published) Paris
Dimensions: 16.75 x 10.5 inches (42.5 x 26.7 cm)
This interesting colored lithograph map of Peking was published in the 1896 Atlas Universel of Remy Hauserman. The title states that it was drawn according to the most recent sources. The result is this simple yet comprehensive view of Peking in the late nineteenth century, with the Imperial City as the focal point.
Beijing is seen to be well-organized with almost symmetrical outer boundaries. The entire city, which is divided into two major divisions, is surrounded by fortified walls and the Grand Canal, with smaller diversions of the Canal serving to fortify inner regions of both divisions. At the time the map was published the center of the city was still protected by canals and walls, with only sixteen gates allowing entrance to the city proper, and additional gates fortifying the Imperial Palace and other strategic sites.
The sixteen gates in the outer wall appear to be fortified with additional walls and watch towers for each gate. Major architectural edifices are depicted and named, such as the Temple of Agriculture, the Temple of the Heavens, and the Imperial Palace (the Forbidden City). Many smaller temples, palaces, and other places of import are detailed. Neighborhoods are delineated, situated between what appear to be wide avenues in all regions of the city.
Condition: This map is in A condition, with even toning which is a bit darker at the edges. Archival material has been used to reinforce the centerfold and to mend some minor separations of the edge.
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