Chongke chouhai tubian [Illustrated Compilation for Strategizing the Sea, Newly Carved].
114 woodcut maps (mostly double-page or longer), 18 full-page woodcuts of ships, one full-page image of an anchor, & about 63 pages of woodcut images of cannons and guns, armor, spears, shields, explosives, soldiers on horses shooting arrows, etc. 13 juan in 14 vols. 8vo, early wrappers, new stitching. Loudong: several Prefaces dated 1693.
The best edition from the view of its contents (see Li Zhizhong’s article, cited below), and very rare, of this landmark work on Chinese geography and coastal defenses, written during a crisis of large-scale piracy in southeastern China. This work, first published ca. 1562, contains the... More