Edo. 萬屋兵四郎. [Yorozuya Heishirō]. 文久1 . Stock ID #160858
Large Japanese hand coloured copper engraved folding map of the world. Measures 135 x 134cm. Folds into cloth covered card covers 34.5 x 23cm. Original paper title label upper cover. Some occasional worming neatly repaired with Japanese paper, a little soiling and light staining in places but overall a very handsome map. This handsome map is an interesting example of the fascination in late Edo Japan with science and the world outside Japan. Interestingly this map is something of a hybrid between the modern scientific knowledge which was becoming more and more available in Japan at the time and Japanese maps of an earlier time. The inclusion of the great unknown landmass at the bottom of the world, on the same map that longitude and latitude appear demonstrates this perfectly!
The map is quite detailed and includes such information as explorer's routes, while beneath the map large blocks of Japanese text give details of such things as world famous mountains and rivers, their heights/lengths and a note about which continent they can be found. Distances are given, in Japanese Dutch, English, and English nautical, French and other measurement systems including the Japanese measurement li, between London /New York and other world famous cities. To the right text in calligraphic style gives scientific information about the earth and details of animals and plants of the world.
The map maker's notes about the map (together with his signature, chop and date) state that this map was based on a Dutch map published in Ansei 4 . Alongside these notes there is a key to the map. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160858).
Price: $4,500.00 AU