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Selden Map

Hand drawn map showing islands with mountains


The Selden Map held by the Bodleian Library in Oxford, where it has been kept since 1659. This beautifully illustrated manuscript map shows East and Southeast Asia and marks maritime trading routes in the form of lines across the region. It was made in the first half of the seventeenth century somewhere in East or Southeast Asia.

This source is a part of the Premodern Chinese Maps and the Global Maritime World teaching module.


Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

How to Cite This Source

"Selden Map," in World History Commons, [accessed January 28, 2023]