Sea of Korea Map Collection

The USC Digital Archive’s Sea of Korea Map Collection

consists of original old maps, dating from 1606 to 1895, in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Latin, German and Russian. It was formed by digitizing the combination of two private collections comprised of 172 maps. The David Lee Collection (of 132 maps) was assembled for the purpose of documenting the application of the term “Sea of Korea” (or similar terms) to identify the body of water between Japan and Korea. The Shannon McCune Collection consists of the maps gathered by the prominent professor of East Asian geography for use in his distinguished teaching and research career. Together, they help to illustrate how the West’s image of East Asia evolved over the course of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Thanks, peacay. For the dispute over the name of that particular body of water, see this previous entry: Google Earth and Disputed Borders and Names.