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The search for the origins of the Chinese manuscript of Matteo Ricci's maps [Imago Mundi 47]
AuthorDay, John D., b. May 27, 1947
Pub. LocationBerlinPublisherImago Mundi
Date1995Phys. Desc.dig.pdf. [25 p. : ill.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBV3427.R46 D29 1995d
The Search for the Origins of the Chinese Manuscript of Matteo Ricci's Maps / John D. Day.
Extract from Imago Mundi, Vol. 47 (1995), pp. 94-117.
Available on JSTOR (USF community).

ABSTRACT: In 1986 the Kendall Whaling Museum (Sharon, Massachusetts) acquired a panel of a Chinese map as an example of the Chinese representation of the monstrous fish (whales) mentioned by Herman Melville in his assessment of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century depictions of whales. Only later was the panel identified as a rare seventeenth-century variation of Matteo Ricci's world map of 1602.
In this paper, the museum's map is compared with other manuscript and printed maps by Matteo Ricci. Discussion centers on the origins of the manuscript copies of Ricci's 1602 map and their inter-relationships. A census of woodblock prints of Ricci's maps (1602, 1603, post- 1644) and of the Chinese manuscript copies is included.
KEYWORDS: World maps; Matteo Ricci,printed and manuscript maps; Jesuits and maps; China, seventeenth century maps.
Local access dig.pdf. [Day-Ricci World Map.pdf]

Subject(s)Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610. Kunyu wanguo quantu 坤輿萬國全圖--Editions
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610. Mappamondo--Editions
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610--Contributions in cartography
China--Maps--Early works to 1800--Sources
World maps--China
World maps--Early works to 1800
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in cartography--Sources
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in cartography
Animals, Mythical, in cartography--China
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #18571