The China Maps of Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville: Origins and Supporting Networks

Mario Cams
2013 Imago mundi  
By 1735, Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville had produced fortyone maps of the Qing Empire, or China, a process significantly more complex than scholars have hitherto appreciated. A close study of d'Anville's maps and their originals has revealed their relationship with the different versions of a Chinese atlas, the first of which was completed early in 1718, the outcome of nearly a decade of collaborative surveying between officials of the Qing Empire and European missionaries. The precise
more » ... es. The precise origins of some of the maps are identified for the first time, and the network behind the remarkable intercontinental exchange of cartographical material that allowed d'Anville to produce his China maps is also discussed, thereby illustrating the central role of the French Jesuits, as well as the connection with St Petersburg.
doi:10.1080/03085694.2014.845949 fatcat:igngs4duabbitpywpbiq5tzkoy