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Linghai yutu 嶺海輿圖

Sep 15, 2010 © Ulrich Theobald

Linghai yutu 嶺海輿圖 is a geographical treatise on Guangdong written by Yao Yu 姚虞 (jinshi degree 1532), courtesy name Zejin 澤進. The short book was written on the basis of his experience as regional inspector (xun'an 巡按) of Guangdong.

It consists of 12 maps of the main prefectures of Guangdong that are described in an appended text. Two maps are dedicated to native peoples. The text to each map includes a preface (xu 序) and notes (ji 紀) that inform about the history of each prefecture, the mountains and passes, the number of households, their field system and taxation, garrisons, and naval defence. There were in total 31 native communities of "southern barbarians" (nanyi 南夷), yet the text also describes others living beyond the borders of China, mainly in countries having commercial contacts with the overseas ports of Guangdong and sending tributes to the Ming court, like Annam 安南, Champa 占城, Malacca 滿剌加, Srivijaya 三佛齊, Boni 孛泥, Sri Lanka 錫蘭 or Sumatera 蘇門答臘.

The book is included in the series Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Shoushange congshu 守山閣叢書.

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