Sankai Yochi Zenzu. [An Explanatory Map of the World]. 

Sekisui, Nagakubo. (Cartographer). (1717-1801). Large coloured manuscript map of the world. Relief is shown pictorially. 100 x 151cm. Yahei Asano. Edo. no date. [circa 1785]. 

This spectacular, large coloured map is a late Edo (early 19th century) copy by an unknown artist of Nagakubo Sekisui’s woodblock map published in 1785. This map was based on Matteo Ricci’s world map published in ten editions between 1584 – 1610. AU$10,000.  

WWII Japanese Map of Singapore 寫眞特報 東京日日 シンガポール島要塞全貌

[Shashin tokuhō Tōkyō Nichinichi Shingapōrutō yōsai zenbō]. 

[Tokyo Daily Photo Dispatch – Singapore Island Fortress, Full Picture].

Large coloured Japanese map of Singapore Island during World War II. 51 x 67.3cm. A fascinating scarce pictorial map of Singapore. A little browning along two folds, some neat professional repairs on the reverse. A good copy. Tōkyō Nichinichi Shinbun]*. 東京日日新聞社 Showa 17 [ 1942.] 

This large map of Singapore showing resources and military infrascruture including airfields, naval bases, artillery batteries, oil supplies including subterranean, and electrical substations. In the waters around Singapore mine fields are indicated. AU$2000.00

China Shall Have Our Help!

Striking image by Martha Sawyers shows a Chinese family, injured father, his arm in a sling and mother with baby on her back. It appears the family have been driven from their home and the expressions on the faces of the parents suggest they have seen terrible things while the baby innocently looks towards the viewer. Faint creases from folding, laid down on linen. Very good copy. 103.8 x 68cm. United China Relief, Inc. New York. (circa 1944). 

The United China Relief, Inc was founded by Henry R. Luce in 1941. The aim of the United China Relief was to raise money for humanitarian aid for China and to inform Americans about China and the dreadful situation the Chinese were in at this time. 

Luce the well known founder and editor of Time, Life and Fortune Magazines was himself very strongly committed to China. The son of American Presbyterian missionaries he was born in Shandong in 1898. Until his mid teens he lived in China and received both a Chinese and English education. He returned “home” to the United States at 15 but remained strongly attached to China. During the war as a committed anti-Communist he lobbied the US Government to place a trade boycott on the Soviet Union and developed a warm relationship with Chiang Kai-Shek and his government. He returned to China on a number of occasions in the 1930s and 1940s. AU$1750.00

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