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Richard Pegg. World Views: Late 18th Century Approaches to Mapmaking in China and Britain

Two Maps of the World from the MacLean Collection – one Chinese and the other British – produced within a year of each other, disclose developments in cartography, navigation, imperialism, expansion and exploration during the last decade of the 18th century. The Chinese map was produced in 1800 from a modified 1794 version, and the British one in 1799, also after a 1794 imprint. This article will offer a comparative analysis of the maps to highlight the similarities and differences in Chinese and British mapmaking at the time.

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