Wanguo Quantu

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Wanguo Quantu
The Wanguo Quantu[1]
Traditional Chinese 萬國
Simplified Chinese 万国
Literal meaning The Complete Map of the Myriad Countries
A Complete Map of the 10,000 States
A Wanguo Quantu map, introduced by a notice written by Giulio Aleni, whose Chinese name appears in the signature in the last column on the left, above the Jesuit IHS symbol.[2]

The Wanguo Quantu or Complete Map of the Myriad Countries is a map developed in the 1620s by the Jesuit Giulio Aleni following the earlier work of Matteo Ricci, who was the first Jesuit to speak Chinese and to publish maps of the world in Chinese from 1574 to 1603. Aleni modified Ricci's maps to accommodate Chinese demands for a sinocentric projection, placing the "Middle Kingdom" at the center of the visual field.[2]

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  1. ^ Wigal, p.202
  2. ^ a b Vatican exhibit


  • The Sino-European Map (“Shanhai yudi quantu”) in the Encyclopedia Sancai tuhui Roderich Ptak [1]
  • Wigal, Donald (2000) Historic Maritime Maps, Parkstone Press, New York, ISBN 1-85995-750-1

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