Ch'onha Chido [Atlas of all under Heaven]

Korean Manuscript Atlas, Ch'onha-Chido, early 19th Century

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A Scarce Korean Manuscript Atlas.

Album with 11 manuscript maps from a traditional Korean manuscript atlas, drawn in the early 19th century. With a China-centered world map (Chonha-Do), a map of Korea, 7 maps of the Korean provinces, a map of China and a map of Japan.

The maps are drawn on very thin paper and were mounted during the 1970s in Korea by an experienced bookbinder into an album in a double concertina format made in traditional Korean craftsmanship. Covered with Korean fabric. The size of a single map is about 41 x 32 cm, the album size is 44,2 x 48,0 cm.

A Ch'onha chido (Atlas of the World) is a traditional Korean atlas made between the mid-18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Mostly such an atlas contains manuscript maps, more rarely also woodcut maps. The maps of a Ch'onha chido are based on maps made during the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Shannon McCune stated about Korean atlases and world maps:

The world map, or Chonha-Do (Under Heaven Map), has had more attention than perhaps it deserves. As Dr. Nakamura pointed out in his article in Imago Mundi (Vol. 4, 1948), the world map was based on antecedents in Buddhist maps. The many exotic place names were derived from Chinese romantic and mythical accounts, particularly from the Chinese classic the Chan-hai-king written in the third century B. C. The world map has China in its center and shows cartographically the dominant position of the Middle Kingdom in the minds of Korean scholars. The Korean scholar, Ch'an Lee, who has written on this world map, notes that such a map is uniquely Korean. Though the world map and the other maps in the Korean atlases were based on ancient sources, they had an amazing popularity and were copied and reproduced in wood-blocks for many centuries during the Yi Dynasty.

All maps of this atlas can be inspected in high resolution on our Atlas-Gallery website: Korean Manuscript Atlas, early 19th Century


TitleCh'onha Chido [Atlas of all under Heaven]
Publisher, Yearcirca 1820
Size44.2 x 48.0 cm (17.4 x 18.9 inches), Folio
Illustrations11 manuscript maps


Some maps some tears in margins, partly some staining. The album itself is in excellent condition and will preserve the originally very fragile maps for the next centuries.

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Korean Manuscript Atlas, Ch'onha-Chido, early 19th Century

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