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- This lively and colorful volume contains a collection of 37 maps of Jiangxi province from the Ming dynasty: a general map (26 by 56 centimeters) and 36 maps of individual prefectures and counties (each 28 by 26 centimeters). The work is the earliest extant map of Jiangxi province and constitutes a valuable resource for researching pre-modern Chinese maps and the geography of Jiangxi. It also shows the quality of traditional cartography in Ming China. The maps employ traditional Chinese drawing methods to depict in precise detail mountain passes, rivers, lakes, trees, moats, civic temples, temples, villages, and houses within the territories of the prefectures and counties of the province, all with name labels. Each map is accompanied by explanations amounting to over 100 regular-script characters recording historical changes, geographical characteristics, strategic areas, and local customs.
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- One volume, 37 maps, of which one is a general map, 26 x 56 centimeters and 36 are prefectural and county maps, each 28 x 26 centimeters