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The selden map of China : a new understanding of the Ming Dynasty / Hongping Annie Nie
Bib ID 8076720
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Nie, Hongping Annie, author
 
Description Oxford : The Bodleian Library, 2019 
74 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps (some color) ; 27 x 25 cm 
ISBN 1851245243 (hardback)
9781851245246 (hardback)
Summary

Dating from the seventeenth century at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the Selden Map of China reveals a country very different from popular conceptions of the time, looking not inward to the Asian landmass but outward to the sea. Discovered in the stacks of the Bodleian Library, this beautifully decorative map of China is in fact a seafaring chart showing Ming Dynasty trade routes. It is the earliest surviving example of Chinese merchant cartography and is evidence that Ming China was outward-looking, capitalistic and vibrant.0Exploring the commercial aims of the Ming Dynasty, the port city of Quanzhou and its connections with the voyages of the early traveller Zheng He, this book describes the historical background of the era in which the map was used. It also includes an analysis of the skills and techniques involved in Chinese map-making and the significance of the compass bearings, scale and ratios found on the map, all of which combine to represent a breakthrough in cartographic techniques.0The enthralling story revealed by this extraordinary artefact is central to an understanding of the long history of China's relationship with the sea and with the wider world.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Cartography -- China -- History.  |  China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644

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