増訂伊豆七島全図. [Zotei Izu shichito zenzu]. [Revised Map of Seven Islands of Izu]. 東条琴台.
増訂伊豆七島全図. [Zotei Izu shichito zenzu]. [Revised Map of Seven Islands of Izu].

増訂伊豆七島全図. [Zotei Izu shichito zenzu].
[Revised Map of Seven Islands of Izu].

No publication details. [ 1848]. Stock ID #172746

Map, woodblock colour print, 77 x 107cm, folds into worn original paper covered boards measuring 25 x 17.7cm, small section only of paper title label on upper cover. Map neatly repaired along folds in a few places, small holes at some folds. Three small chops. A scarce and attractive map.

A beautiful colour woodblock map originally drawn in 1842 (although this is more likely an 1848 copy). It covers the 6 islands of the Izu Archipelago, and the Bonin (Ogasawara) Islands further to the southeast. It is of particular historical interest because it was drawn at a time when the Bonin Islands had already been settled by a small band of venturers from the US, Britaiin, Hawaii and other South Pacific islands etc., but over 30 years before the archipelago was incorporated into Japan.

The map is accompanied by a large section of text both describing the islands and giving an account of the visits which had been made to the Bonin archipelago by Japanese seafarers. The map was produced by the scholar Tojo Kindai (1795-1878) and others, at a time when the Shogunate was growing increasingly conscious of the outer borders of Japan and the need to chart them and protect them from possible external forces. Tojo's aim was to highlight the strategic importance of the Bonin Islands, but he incurred the wrath of the Shuginate for revealing secret information, and was gaoled for seven months. A limited print run of 500 copies of the map (not for sale) was published in 1848. It thus marks a crucial point in Japan's changing relationship with its own periphery and with the outside world.

In addition to the information on the Bonin Island, the map also covers the Izu Islands and the area around Edo and Izu. The archipelago which lies south of Tokyo was created by volcanic activity, and some still have active volcanos. The six islands include Oshima, Miyakejima and Hachijojima. The extensive text which surrounds the map describes each island giving details such as topography, population, local produce, shrines and temples. Map legends include castle towns, samurai barracks, station towns, villages, and distances to Edo. Sea routes from the mainland to the archipelago are marked. The map also covers wide areas east of Izu Peninsula and gives detailed place names near present-day Yokohama, Tokyo and Chiba along the coast line.

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