萬国航海図. [Bankoku kōkai-zu]. [World Navigational Map].
萬国航海図. [Bankoku kōkai-zu]. [World Navigational Map].

萬国航海図. [Bankoku kōkai-zu]. [World Navigational Map].

1862. Stock ID #160707

Large folding handcoloured copper engraved Japanese map of the world, 91 × 130cm. 30.5 × 22cm when folded. Features 242 handcoloured maps in columns at the right of the map, some staining and browning particularly at folds. Original cloth covered boards damp damaged. Presented in original card folder with title label and toggle ties. Folder worn and damp stained. First Japanese edition of this map:『輿地航海図』安政5 (1858) 刊の異版. This is a revised edition with a new title. All text in Japanese with the exception of a large panel at the lower right corner which reads "A Map of the World in Japanese by Ed. Schnell. Yokohama. February 1862."

Although the advertisement laid down inside the upper cover of the folder suggests this map was based on Englishman, John Purdy's 'Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection' there is some doubt as to whether this was the only model for it as it has bears striking similarities with Sato Masayasu's 'Shinkan yochi zenzu', (1861-2). Sato Masaysu's map is believed to have been based on an unknown Dutch map. However this map without doubt shows the growing scientific leanings of Japanese maps. Edo was over and the new period of Western influence was in full swing.

Australia, though accurate in outline, is rather strangely divided into four rather unusual sections, including a straight diagonal line across the bottom section of Western Ausralia. The northern secton of the Northern Territory from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Quion Island is also indicated as section. Queensland and most of the Northern Territory and Western Australia are on large region. South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania another.

Routes of important European explorers such as Cook and La Perouse are indicated with lines of dashes with dates, and there is also a chronological list of explorers. The distance chart gives distances between famous cities or places and London - including Beijing, Guangdong, Mumbai, New York, Washington, Boston and Jamaica. A text block gives a brief introduction to the map explaining that it was based on Purdy's map of 1845 and giving an overview of the type of information included on the map. A text box at the upper left gives a nautical chronology of Japan from Meio I (1492) to Tenpo 4 (1833). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160707).

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