Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era

Bungen Edo zu Ochikochi, Dōin


Scale [1:9 000]. Shows roads, towns and castles. Title from cover. This map of Edo, drawn on a scale of 1/8 inch to 6 feet, was published in 5 sheets by Kyōjiya Kahē, Edo. One of five maps of the city, titled "Shinpan Edo ōezu" and issued in 1670; the other four are those of the suburbs of Edo, titled "Shinpan Edo soto ezu" issued in 1671, 1672, 1673. Beans' entry No. 1671.2 is just one of them. These accurate maps, the results of surveying methods learned from the Dutch, were published by order of the government after a big fire of 1657. "Bunken Edo zu" (1690.1 in Supplement A, p.11) is not the same map mentioned in the preface of "Tokaidō bunken ezu" but its reduced edition which corresponds to Tokaido (1690.2). Cited in: WSN; 32

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