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Asian Maps Collection

About this Collection

The Asian Maps Collection brings together a range of graphic representations of East and Southeast Asia, its features, localities and history.

The Sea of Korea Map subcollection consists of original maps, dating from 1606 to 1895, in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Latin, German and Russian. The subcollection was formed by digitizing the combination of two private collections (David Lee and Shannon McCune) comprised of 172 maps. Together, they help to illustrate how the West's image of East Asia evolved over the course of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

David Lee contribution of 132 maps was assembled for the purpose of documenting the application of the term "Sea of Korea" (or similar terms) to identify the body of water between Japan and Korea.

The Shannon McCune maps were gathered by this prominent professor of East Asian geography for use in his distinguished teaching and research career.
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