Kangnido by Yi Hoe and Kwon Kun, ca. 1470

KANGNIDO(HONIL KANGNI YOKTAE KUKTO CHI TO [MAP OF INTEGRATED LANDS AND REGIONS OF HISTORICAL COUNTRIES AND CAPITALS]), CA. 1470.

According to the preface, this Korean map (known as the Kangnido) was made by Yi Hoe and Kwon Kun in 1402. This copy from ca. 1470 is the oldest surviving world map from East Asia. The map has clear delineations of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, with India submerged in the general Chinese continent. On the far right is the greatly magnified Korean peninsula with the Japanese islands, oriented with west at the top, directly below. Cover illustration in The History of Cartography, Volume 2, Book 2, Cartography in the Traditional East and Southeast Asian Societies (1994).

Size of the original: 164 x 171.8 cm.

By permission of Ryukoku University Library, Kyoto.


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