Album with 9 woodblock maps from a traditional Korean woodblock atlas, printed mid 18th century. With a map of China with Korea and 8 maps of the provinces of Korea. The map of China prominently depicts the Great Wall and the Yellow river (Huang He) and Yangtze rivers.
The 9 maps are printed on very thin rice paper and were mounted during the 1970s 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 32 x 32 cm, the album size is 43,5 x 41 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 as seen here. The maps of a Ch'onha chido are based on maps made during the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
All maps of this atlas can be inspected in high resolution on our Atlas-Gallery website: Korean Woodblock Atlas, mid 18th Century
|Title||Ch'onha chido [Atlas of all under Heaven]|
|Publisher, Year||circa 1750|
|Size||43.5 x 41.0 cm (17.1 x 16.1 inches), Folio|
|Illustrations||9 woodcut maps|
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