A selection of books on history and heritage published by the National Library Board
Mapping the World: Perspectives from Asian Cartography brings together different mapping traditions and worldviews, and political and cultural spheres of influence. It also explores the exchange of cartographic knowledge between civilisations across the world. Written by curators Pierre Singaravélou and Fabrice Argounès, this book showcases masterpieces in cartographic history from various institutions and invites us to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Asian cartography.
Cartography and the Rise of Colonial Empires in Asia
In the 1800s, two French naturalists named Pierre-Médard Diard and Alfred Duvaucel travelled to Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia to collect and study the local flora and fauna. They commissioned artists to create hundreds of drawings of animals and plants at each of the locations they visited. Today, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris houses 120 of these drawings, and the entire collection has been digitised and transferred to Singapore’s National Library for safekeeping. Diard & Duvaucel is an initiative between the Embassy of France in Singapore and the National Library to celebrate the deep ties between France and Singapore, as well as the regional biodiversity. The stunning illustrations are accompanied by essays and captions written by curators and scientists.
French Impressions: 19th Century Natural History Drawings of Singapore and Southeast Asia
Chapters on Asia features selected papers written by scholars who have been awarded the National Library’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship. This 2020 edition consists of the following papers.
- Trade, Colonialism and Diaspora: Chinese Rice Commerce and the Transformation of Sài Gòn–Chợ Lớn in Colonial Vietnam / Anh Sy Huy Le
- The Prewar And Postwar Art Scene in Singapore: Modernist Artists and Art Spaces / Lee Chor Lin
- Pemikiran Sosio-Agama Ahmad Sonhadji Mohamad Melalui Khutbah 1971–1980 / Mohamed Qusairy Bin Thaha