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The Resource Mr. Selden's map of China : decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer, Timothy Brook

Mr. Selden's map of China : decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer, Timothy Brook

Label
Mr. Selden's map of China : decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer
Title
Mr. Selden's map of China
Title remainder
decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer
Statement of responsibility
Timothy Brook
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 first been deposited 350 years before, then stowed and forgotten for nearly a century. Neither historians of China nor cartography experts had ever seen anything like it. It was so odd that experts would have declared it a fake-- yet records confirmed it had been delivered to Oxford in 1659. The "Selden Map," as it is known, was a puzzle that needing solving. Brook, a historian of China, set out to explore the riddle. His investigation will lead readers around this elegant, enigmatic work of art, and from the heart of China, via the Southern Ocean, to the court of King James II. In the story of Selden's map, he reveals for us the surprising links between an English scholar and merchants half a world away, and offers novel insights into the power and meaning that a single map can hold. Brook delivers the same anecdote-rich narrative, intriguing characters, and unexpected historical connections that made Vermeer's Hat an instant classic"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GA1121
LC item number
.B76 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Mr. Selden's map of China : decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer, Timothy Brook
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-200) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 in the Selden map -- Resting places
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiv, 211 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781620401439
Lccn
2013026421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)827256843
  • (OCoLC)ocn827256843
Label
Mr. Selden's map of China : decoding the secrets of a vanished cartographer, Timothy Brook
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-200) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 in the Selden map -- Resting places
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiv, 211 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781620401439
Lccn
2013026421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)827256843
  • (OCoLC)ocn827256843

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