Auction 127, Lot 718

"[Lot of 7 - Korean Provinces]", Anon.

Subject: Korea

Period: 1840 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12.5 x 20.3 inches
31.8 x 51.6 cm

This is a fabulous collection of Korean wood-block maps printed in heavy black ink. They were produced in Korea with the toponyms in Chinese, typical of early Korean cartography during this period. Each map details one the province. The explanatory text at the sides and below is also written in Chinese. The maps were used for study in most noble households during the late Yi Dynasty, but became unwanted when Japanese colonial rule began. Examples of these black and white wood-block maps are exceedingly difficult to find today, making this lot an exceptional opportunity. Each is approximately the size given.


Condition: A

All are near fine less a small area of staining near center. Thick hand made paper with evidence of heavy fiber, probably rice or mulberry paper.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/25/2009