A historic map of the world, from 1602 and with China at its centre, on display at the Library of Congress in Washington

A historic map of the world, with China at its centre, has gone on display at the Library of Congress in Washington.

The map was created by Italian missionary Matteo Ricci in 1602. It is one of only two copies in existence in good condition.

Because of its rarity and fragility – the map is printed on rice paper – the map has become known as the “Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography”.

This is the first time it has been on public show in north America.

Read more on the BBC website

For information about books on China published by Ashgate, visit our Asian Studies web page and take a look at a pdf version of our current Asian Studies catalogue.

See also:
Geography, Cartography and Nautical Science in the Renaissance, W.G.L. Randles
The Shaping of Africa, Francesc Relaño

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