Selden Map scholarship

The Selden Map of China is a unique handmade watercolor map of the 17th-century centered on the South China Sea showing trade routes, Chinese rivers, flora, fauna and other culturally significant features. Here are two videos which discuss recent scholarship of this historically significant cartographic object:

The Economist magazine reported in January 2014 on two recent books about the Selden Map of China and have an interview with author Timothy Brook re: Mr. Selden’s Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer. Robert Batchelor has also written a book entitled London: The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City.

The Selden Map

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Video about the Selden Map from The Research Centre In The Humanties (TORCH) at the University of Oxford:

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