Chapter

Didactic Illustrations in Printed Books

Julia K. Murray

in Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520231269
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0011
Didactic Illustrations in Printed Books

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This chapter examines the conception and evolution of three sets of narrative illustrations about famous men of earlier times in China that originated in the Ming period. These are the Dijian tushuo, Yangzheng tujie, and Sheng ji tu. The chapter considers the implications and consequences of using each of the three related modes of visual representation and discusses the relative position of printing within the larger range of late Ming pictorial media.

Keywords: narrative illustrations; Ming period; China; Dijian tushuo; Yangzheng tujie; Sheng ji tu; visual representation; printing; pictorial media

Chapter.  13035 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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