Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era

Bankoku sōzu


Scale not given ; (W 20° - W 20° / N 60° - S 60°). A painted elliptical map of the world designed to hang with east at the top. Two ships flank the top curves of the map, and two at the bottom. with the title in four large characters at the top. Accompanied by the "Shōhō Teiyū" picture, of forty boxes which depict foreign people; the inscription refers to the time of printing but the painting is damaged and the place of printing is missing. References: K. Unno, "Cartography in Japan," History of Cartography, v.2 bk.2, pp.346-477; K. Unno, "Notes to the plates," Old Maps in Japan, Plate 7, pp. 12, 178-179; H. Cortazzi, Isles of Gold, pp. 26, 27, 37-38. Reproductions: Beans, A List of Japanese Maps, (1951), front.; History of Cartography, v.2 bk.2, Fig. 11.39; Old Maps in Japan, Plate 7, p. 12; cf. Isles of Gold, Plates 42-43, pp. 112-114. Cited in: WSN; 2.

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