Meiji 8 . Stock ID #160564
Hand coloured engraved Japanese map of the world, colourful border of maritime flags. Folding map, cloth upper cover. Worn with some small holes at folds, repaired tear lower left with a little tiny loss margin, small browning and light marking, neat note in Japanese lower margin. 35 x 48 cm. This Japanese world map is attractively surrounded by some rather inventive images of the flags which appear to be mainly maritime flags from various countries. Each continent is given a distinct colour, with Japan being coloured separately from the rest of Asia - and given control of all of Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands. Japan, coloured a deep dark red is disproportionately large. Australia is labeled "New Holland", and depictions of Europe and even of Japan itself are relatively inaccurate for this date, and place names focus on coast features (islands, capes etc) rather than major cities.
This map was published in the year of the Treaty of St. Petersburg, when Japan renounced joint control of Sakhalin to Russia in return for full control of the Kurile Archipelago. Australia is still labelled "New Holland", and the date on the map is given as the 2535th year since the founding of Japan (= 1875). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160564).