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1903 Encyclopaedia Britannica Map

This is a map issued in Edinburgh 1903 by Adam & Charles Black for Encyclopaedia Britannica (10th Edition), one of the most famous encyclopaedias in the world.
(The original design of this map seems to be one of the Century maps [USA].)

Please take a look at the islands in the Sea of Japan - Taka Shima, Matsu Shima, Hornet Is. (Liancourt Rocks) and Oki Is.
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Although Taka Shima (Argonaut island) is a phantom island, remaining islands are mapped at the right locations. Most importantly, all these islands were painted in the same colour as Japan.



This is another evidence that western people believed that Liancourt Rocks didn't belong to Korea in the early 1900's when Korean Edict #41 was already promulgated and Japan was yet to incorporate the rocks into Shimane prefecture.



Broughton bay is labeled as Broughton Bay.

7 comments:

  1. Is there any information about Battle Ship New York (United States) surveyed Liancourt Rocks on 1902? I guess all the ships who found Takeshima-liacnourt Rocks, at least they would recognized Dagelet also. so there are some possibility that Russian Frigatte Pallada, which confirmes Lianocurt Rocks, also have some report about Dagelet-Ulluengdo?

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  2. Thank you GTOMR for inquiry but unfortunately I have no information about the ship New York.

    BTW, the Britannica map I introduced seems to be the same as the Central map (USA), it may have been used with a copyright. It illustrates why they mapped Taka Shima (Argonaut) but still it is one of the evidences that western people believed that Dokdo (Liancourt Rocks) was not Korean territory in the early 1900's.

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  3. Pacifist,
    There are description about;
    1910.02韓国南満洲 by野口保興著 東京:成美堂,明43.2
    一三〇度三八分なり
    一三〇度三五分 朝鮮水路誌
    一三〇度三〇分 チャンパー地名辞典
    付属圖-鬱陵島(松島)

    What is チャンパー地名辞典? it seems that it is authorised geography dictionary around the grobe at that time, Iguess.

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  4. GTOMR,

    I'm not sure but there was a geographic dictonary with the name of "Chamber" although it is not " チャンパー"...

    http://www.antiqbook.com/boox/grtoms/012053.shtml
    This site mentions "Chamber’s world gazetteer and geographical dictionary" which was published in 1954 - maybe earlier version of the dictionary could have been published in around 1910.

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  5. Correction:
    in the second comment (my first comment) above, I wrote as "Central map" but the right name was "Century map". Sorry.

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  6. Thanks for sharing another interesting map for us, pacifist.

    From numerous maps, it is apparent that Hornet island/Liancourt Rocks were not Korean territory among western countries, Korea and Japan in early 1900s.

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  7. Thanks Kaneganese. I strongly agree with you, it has been apparent that it was a common sense that Liancourt Rocks didn't belong to Korea.

    All the maps, geographic books and documents clearly indicate so. There is no reason for Korea to occupy the rocks.

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