Mr. Selden's Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a by Timothy Brook

By Timothy Brook

From the writer of the award-winning Vermeer's Hat, a ancient detective tale interpreting a long-forgotten hyperlink among 17th century Europe and China.

Timothy Brook's award-winning Vermeer's Hat spread out the early historical past of globalization, utilizing Vermeer's work to teach how gadgets like beaver hats and porcelain bowls started to flow all over the world. Now he plumbs the secret of a unmarried artifact that provides new insights into worldwide connections centuries old.

In 2009, a rare map of China used to be came upon in Oxford's Bodleian Library-where it had first been deposited 350 years earlier than, then stowed and forgotten for almost a century. Neither historians of China nor cartography specialists had ever obvious something love it. It used to be so strange that specialists could have declared it a fake-yet documents proven it were dropped at Oxford in 1659. The "Selden Map, because it is understood, was once a puzzle that wanting solving.

Brook, a historian of China, got down to discover the riddle. His research will lead readers round this dependent, enigmatic murals, and from the guts of China, through the Southern Ocean, to the courtroom of King James II. within the tale of Selden's map, he finds for us the mind-blowing hyperlinks among an English student and retailers part a global away, and gives novel insights into the ability and which means unmarried map can carry. Brook offers an identical anecdote-rich narrative, fascinating characters, and unforeseen ancient connections that made Vermeer's Hat an rapid classic.

Note: has superior pictures, which for a booklet approximately maps turns out to be useful, just a little superior formatting, higher navigation for instance to discover photos, even though it truly is lacking the index from the home of Anansi Press edition.

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