Tokyo. 須原屋茂兵衛 [Suharaya Mohei] and 須原屋伊八 [Suharaya Ihachi]. Meiji 4 . Stock ID #160848
Large handcoloured Japanese copper engraved folding map of the world, 124 x 100cm. Little browned along folds, tiny hole at one fold, some worming in upper margin repaired with Japanese paper. A good copy. Apparently based on an earlier Dutch map this handsome map is full of geographical and historical detail. Although clearly drawing information from Dutch sources, the map is still distinctively Japanese as the inclusion of the large landmass along the southern section of the world clearly demonstrates.
There are very many interesting details on this map. It shows the Sea of Japan as both Great Japan Sea (in large characters) and Sea of Korea in smaller font. The map of Australia shows the date of "discovery" for various areas, gold mines are indicated in New South Wales. Information about Australia provided on the map includes - "In 1606 the Dutchman Willem Jansen (sic) in a ship called the Diofento (sic) was the first person to reach this land"; printed characters in the eastern part of South Australia translate as "discovered by Captain Flinders"; on the northern part of Western Australia it states - "Dampier in 1699 and Cook's voyage in 1770 were the first to see this land"; written next to Tasmania "Sosumania (sic) or Diemansland, population 73,000; Other rather surprising pieces of information on the map includes: "the population of natives is about two million"; "since 1788, about 220,000 natives have been transported by England". New Zealand is annotated "discovered by Tasman in 1628". There is an extensive Antarctic continent at the bottom of the map, annotated to the east "Southern Black Land" and on the western shoreland "Cook came here in 1774".
The map is surrounded by the flags of various countries, navies, armies and trading companies, with the Japanese flag in the top centre and five Dutch flags (including the Dutch royal standard and flag of the Dutch army) on either side.
Below the map text panels describe many aspects of the world. The text includes the measurements, currency, important cities of England, France, The Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Egypt and the United States. Important islands of the world, and geographic facts and figues such a length of the equator, weight of the earth, details of the Poles are given and oceans listed. Another table lists population by Continent, providing five different estimates by various western scholars, distribution of races through the world (divided into "Caucasian" - including "white" and "Indian", Mongol, Black, Native American, Malay and mixed race) as well as the population size by continent of Jews, Christians and Muslims. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160848).
Price: $3,750.00 AU