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Mapping the Silk Road and beyond : 2,000 years of exploring the East

Author: Kenneth Nebenzahl
Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Map : Atlas : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mapping Asia presents an authoritative selection of the most important antique maps of Asia representing time periods from the age of Alexander the Great to the early nineteenth century, and spanning the area from the Middle East to Japan. A visual chronicle of the maps and their makers, this book presents historic documents by cartographers from England, France, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Italy, and China. It  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Maps
Material Type: Atlas
Document Type: Map
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Nebenzahl
ISBN: 0714844098 9780714844091
OCLC Number: 57244882
Notes: Relief shown pictorially and by shading.
Description: 1 atlas (176 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 26 x 30 cm
Cartographic Mathematical Data: Scales differ.
Contents: Ancient and medieval European concepts of Asia --
The impulse to explore the east --
East Indian empires: Portuguese, Dutch, British, French, Spanish --
Resisting European encroachment: Japan, Korea, China --
North to Cathay and the Pacific
Other Titles: 2,000 years of exploring the East
Responsibility: Kenneth Nebenzahl.

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An unprecedented volume documenting the mapping and discovery of Asia.  Read more...

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