[KS] The History of Korean Cartography

Kwang On Yoo lovehankook at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 23:09:42 EDT 2011

Dear Dr. Gari,

Congratulation on the publication of your monumental work, "Cartography in
Korea" in Korean.
The Korean translation must be excellent as it met the approval of someone
who "toiled with Korean for 55 years".
It would be helpful if you provided us with the ISBN Number of the Korean


Kwang-On Yoo

2011/7/5 <gkl1 at columbia.edu>

> I'd like to announce on the List that my article "Cartography in
> Korea", which appeared in Vol. 2, Book 2 of The History of Cartography
> (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994), has been published in Korean
> translation as a book (단행본).
> Under the title <한국 고지도의 역사>, translated by 장상훈, a research official at the
> Korean National Museum, and published by 출판사 소나무, it came out a
> couple of weeks ago and has been commented upon in the newspapers. This
> year is the 150th anniversary of Kim ChOngho's famous national map, the
> 대동여지도, so it got a little extra attention. I cooperated with Mr. Jang during
> the translation process, and I think the result is very good.
> The Korean version is strikingly different from the original Univ. of
> Chicago publication, which had only six illustrations in color--and even
> those embarrassingly printed in two separate color sections grouped with
> maps from Japan and Southeast Asia. The great majority of the original 54
> black-and-white illustrations appear in the Korean version in beautiful
> colors.
> The Korean version presents my entire English text in exactly the same
> order as I originally arranged it. But it has broken it into five distinct
> chapters, each decorated with a colorful detail from a Korean map. Some of
> the chapters are divided into sections. This all makes for a sharper and
> more orderly presentation. There is a great bibliography and a detailed
> index.
> All in all, it is a great pleasure to see such a beautiful Korean
> presentation of my original "article." The price is a very reasonable
> \35,000.
> Gari Ledyard
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