The Classic of Mountains and Seas

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Published by Tsinghua University Press, this edition of the Chinese masterpiece, The Classic of Mountains and Seas, comes with a bare book spine, 12 large double spreads of breathtaking illustrations, along with other contents that may serve as inspirations for artists, animators, web designers, fashion designers, advertisers, game designers, and other creative fields. 

Compiled between the fourth and first centuries B.C.E, the Classic of Mountains and Seas is an ancient masterpiece containing descriptions and illustrations of mythical creatures that lived in mountains, rivers, islands, and seas in ancient China, along with minerals, flora, and medicine. It provides a fascinating perspective on the thoughts, beliefs, culture, and imagination of ancient Chinese people.

The work was originally used as a book of omens and as a geography book for travelers. Nowadays, it is regarded as the richest repository of ancient Chinese mythology and shamanistic wisdom. 

Divided into eighteen sections, this Chinese classic text describes over 550 mountains and 300 channels, 277 animals, as well as more than 100 diplomatically related realms along with geographic and cultural information of the nearby realms.

Number of pages: 368