Illustrations of Guarding the Yellow River

Description

This work is bound in accordion pleat-like leaves, in 15 folded sheets. The illustrations show the locations of flood prevention works along the Yellow River in Henan Province. Included are dykes and raised riverbanks in different areas, beginning in the west with Wushe Xian, crossing Yingze Marsh, and in Zhengzhou, Yuanwu, Zhongmou, Yangwu, Fengqiu, Kaifeng Fu, Chenliu, Xiangfu, and other towns. A number of paper slips are attached to 18 locations, with explanations of the challenges of river work at these locations and descriptions of accidents that occurred during this work in the Jiaqing and Daoguang period (1796–1850) of the Qing dynasty. This work provides useful information on flood protection and river-conservancy work in China in this period.

Last updated: August 21, 2013