地球萬國方図. [Chikyū bankoku hōzu]. Map of the Countries of the World]. JAPANESE 19TH CENTURY WORLD MAP.
地球萬國方図. [Chikyū bankoku hōzu]. Map of the Countries of the World].

地球萬國方図. [Chikyū bankoku hōzu]. Map of the Countries of the World].

嘉永6 [1853]. Stock ID #160849

Large folding colour woodblock map of the world with four inset maps at lower left. 82 x 132 cm. Folds into embossed paper covered boards 27 x 17cm. A little light wear along folds, some tape repairs on the reverse, few very short tears along folds at upper edge, lower cover annotated in ink, occasional browning. Very good. This handsome map is similar to Nakajima Suido's 1852 "Revised Map of the Countries of the World", though with less text. The map includes some interesting naming of the seas. The section of the Pacific closest to the Americas is labelled "North Pacific Sea" 北太平海 and South Pacific Sea [南太平海」but the western Pacific is labelled Great East Ocean [大東洋], the sea immediately to the east of Japan is the "Great Japan Sea" [大日本海] and the sea between Japan and Korea is labelled "Sea of Korea" [朝鮮海]. The depiction of coastlines is fairly accurate (though, for example, Australia's southern coastline has been somewhat flattened) but the division of the world into countries is quite approximate. For example, South America is divided into two countries, and the central part of Africa is occupied by a very large "Ethiopia". Great attention is paid to the northern areas of Japan, with detailed naming of places along the coastline of Ezo (Hokkaido) and the Chishima Islands. The Bonins (literally meaning "uninhabited islands") to the southeast of Japan are represented by a single island labelled "Mumeitou" (Nameless Island).

Latitude and longitude is shown as a grid of straight lines without taking into account the curve of the earth's surface. Australia is labelled both "New Holland" and "Osutarari" (written in kanji). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160849).

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