(circa1800). Stock ID #155970
Colour manuscript map measuring 27 x 70cm, folds into card covers 18 x 13.5cm. A little soiled along central vertical fold, small holes at folds, card covers worn and insect damaged. Good copy. This manuscript map shows the Ogasawarra or Bonin Islands is from the controversial Japanese book with its five accompanying maps, 'Sangoku tsüran zusetsu' published in 1785, which describes the geography and customs of three countries - Kankoku (Korea), Yezo or Ezo (present day Hokkaido), and Ryükyü (present day Okinawa). At the time of its publication Ezo was only partially occupied by the Tokugawa government and although from 1609 Ryükyü was in reality under the control of the Shimazu clan in Satsuma (present Kagoshima Prefecture), the Shimazu clan allowed it to be an independent country superficially. Among the five maps published to accompany Sangoku tsüran yochi (General Route Map of Three Countries), is this map of Japan and its neighbouring countries which this manuscript map is a copy of. The other four maps are: a map of Ryükyü (琉球島圖), Yezo (蝦夷國全図), the eight provinces of Korea (朝鮮八道圖), and Sangoku tsüran zenzu (三國通覽全圖). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 155970).