萬國地球輿地全圖. [Bankoku chikyū yochi zenzū]. [Complete Map of the World].

東都.[Edo]. 鈴亭主人森桑. 嘉永6 [1853]. Stock ID #160847

Very attractive brightly coloured woodblock world map, folds into paper covered card covers with handwritten title on upper cover, housed in a modern box with toggles, legend and an illustration of the Earth lower section. Explantory notes in Japanese around the map, publication details on left edge with chops. Occasional tiny holes in the map itself and a few places of worming on the margins, paper on covers a little insect damaged in places, generally very good. 37 x 65.5cm. Described as being based on a Dutch map, this map gives a rather sketchy and fanciful vision of the world divided into six continents, each given a different colour: Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Rimia (?= Africa), Mekaranika (the Antarctic, including Australia), and the Cold Region of Night Countries (Arctic). The general outlines and depiction of the six continents is quite similar to that of 18th century maps by the famous Japanese mapmaker Nagakubo Sekisui, although Nagakubo's maps are more accurate in their depiction of the outline of Japan and other regions.

On this map Central Asia is marked as the "Country of Women", northern Europe as "Country of Small People", and South America as the "Country of Tall People". One group of islands to the south of Japan is labelled "Robbers" (強盗)The mapping of Europe is also quite sketchy, although, perhaps predictably, "Holland" is clearly marked, as is Jagatara (Jakarta) in Asia. Antactica is still marked with the inscription "Chinese people have not been to this area, so the landscape and people are unknown" (an inscription which also appears on 18th century maps by Nagakubo Sekisui). On the other hand, the depiction of North America includes "Virginia" and "Republic Politics (共和政治) Washington". The seas of the world are labeled "Great East Sea (which is the western Atlantic), Little East Sea (the Pacific), Little West Sea (the Indian Ocean) and "Great East Sea" (the western Atlantic). The depiction of Japan itself is quite sketchy, with very small dots for Ezo (Hokkaido). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160847).

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