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Mr Selden's map of China : the spice trade, a lost chart and the South China Sea

Author: Timothy Brook
Publisher: London : Profile, 2013.
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Timothy Brook's award-winning Vermeer's Hat unfolded the early history of globalization, using Vermeer's paintings to show how objects like beaver hats and porcelain bowls began to circulate around the world. Now he plumbs the mystery of a single artifact that offers new insights into global connections centuries old. In 2009, an extraordinary map of China was discovered in Oxford's Bodleian Library--where it had  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Maps
Sources
Maps Early works to 1800
Named Person: John Selden; John Selden
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Brook
ISBN: 9781781250389 1781250383 9781847658814 1847658814 9781620401439 1620401436
OCLC Number: 868617507
Description: xxiv, 211 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: What's wrong with this map? --
Closing the sea --
Reading Chinese in Oxford --
John Saris and the China Captain --
The compass rose --
Sailing from China --Heaven is round, earth is square --
Secrets of the Selden map --
Epilogue, resting places --
Appendixes, acknowledgements and index.
Other Titles: Map of China
Responsibility: Timothy Brook.
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In 1659, a vast and unusual map of China arrived in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. From the Gobi Desert to the Philippines, from Java to Tibet and into China itself, the author uses the map (actually  Read more...

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The quest is fascinating and picaresque, a sort of cartographical Tristram Shandy with a sure-handed narrator steering us from Ming dynasty China to pre-Civil War Oxford to the Spice Islands of Read more...

 
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