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A Collage of Many Things: Rethinking the Making of the Selden Map

  • Tsung-jen ChenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)

Abstract

Thanks to its atypical qualities and the mystery behind its creation, the so-called Selden Map of China received plenty of academic attention following its rediscovery in 2008. This early-seventeenth century map uses seemingly traditional Chinese map-making techniques to depict the Ming state, Joseon Korea, Japan, as well as maritime Southeast Asia. On the other hand, the coast lines of Southeast Asia exhibit a great likeness with modern maps and are unlike any other contemporary works. Scholars have explained the accuracy of the Selden Map differently. In this essay, I argue that both the argument of systematic geometrical techniques and indigenous route data each only insufficiently explain the creation and characteristics of the Selden Map. The Selden Map is a combined work and represents a hybrid combining contemporary Chinese and European data sets.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Taiwan History, Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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