新訂 坤輿略全圖. [Shintei konyo ryaku zenzu]. [New Edition: General Map of the World].

[江戸].[Edo]. 高木耕藏 [Takagi Kōzō]. 嘉永5 [1852]. Stock ID #161000

Japanese 19th century woodblock world map, folded in colour, original board covers with modern reproduced title piece tipped in. A world map on left side, two blocks of text adjoin the right side. Upper right section: a preface by 北海半嶋漁人 [Hokkai Hantō Ryōjin] and it was written by 半嶺樵者聞. Lower right section: explanatory notes, legend and publication details.

An oval shaped projection map with latitude and longitude, scale not given, legends of colour highlights for countries like "Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, England, etc." on right and left edges of the map. Australia is called "New Holland" 新忽爾蘭埃亜 on the map and 新和蘭 on the explanatory notes. The engraver's name 竹口貞齋 [Takeguchi Teisai] is shown on right lower section of the map. Occasional tears and soiling on folds, generall good. Text in Japanese. Sheet 48.9 x 104.7cm, 24.5 x 15cm when folded. Edo [Tokyo], Japan : 高木耕藏 [Takagi Kōzō], Kaei 5 [1852]. Hand coloured woodblock print, original covers with facsimile title label, map with some silverfishing, repaired with Japanese tissue. A pseudocylindrical projection map showing the world centred on Japan. Includes preface legend with date and publisher information.

新發田収藏 [Shibata Shūzō] (1820-59) was a doctor and seal carver of Sado Island whose interest in cartography led to the publication of this map, as well as 蝦夷接壤圖 [Ezo setsujō zenzu] [Map of Hokkaido and Adjoining Areas] in 1854. He was later employed by the Astronomy Institute of the Edo Government and contributed to the compilation of 重訂萬國全圖 [Jūtei Bankoku Zenzu ] [Revised Map of the World] made by 山路階孝 [Yamaji Yukitaka] (1777-1861) in 1855.

The introductory text explains that older maps included a sixth southern continent called Megala, but recent discoveries by western travellers have shown that this landmass does not exist, and instead, there are Australia, New Guinea and a mass of small islands. It also notes how recent discoveries have shown Karafuto to be separate from Manchuria. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 161000).

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