China. As seen from the direction of Guam.

Richard Edes Harrison bird’s-eye-view of China detailing its dramatic wartime inland shift.

Cartographer(s): Richard Edes Harrison
Date: 1941
Place: New York
Dimensions: 35.4 x 57.2 cm (13.8 x 22.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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In the distinctive style of Richard Edes Harrison, who helped create a new perspective of bird’s-eye-view taken from a point in space, this fascinating map tells the story of how, following the Japanese invasion in 1937, China’s center of gravity shifted from the flat, vulnerable plains of the north and coast to mountainous inland areas which were better protected.

Included in this shift were universities, and an inset illustrates original and present university locations, noting that since 1937 thirty Chinese universities have traveled an average of 700 miles each.

This map appeared as a supplement to the April, 1941 issue of Fortune Magazine. Harrison designed maps to be both visually appealing and politically charged, reflecting the urgency of the war. This map even delineates the supply routes used by the Chinese to subvert the Japanese blockade, stating that goods arrived via the U.S.S.R., Burma, and through southern ports.

The Yellow Sea is noted as being “opaque with China’s good topsoil.”


Richard Edes Harrison

Richard Edes Harrison (March 11, 1901- January 5, 1994) was an American scientific illustrator and cartographer. He was the house cartographer of Fortune and a consultant at Life for almost two decades. He played a key role in “challenging cartographic perspectives and attempting to change spatial thinking on the everyday level during America’s rise to superpower status”.

Condition Description

Good condition and color.