Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era

Kaisei Nihon yochi rotei zenzu Nagakubo, Sekisui, 1717-1801


Scale [1:1 296,000] : 10 ri to 1 sun. This map is the first issue of first edition; revised and augmented in later years. Shimokita peninsula of Northern end of Honshū is shaped like a fireman’s axe. Shows provinces, roads, cities, and meridians; 12 compass roses; 2 blocks of text (no borders). Cover attached; title taken from cover. Sekisui uses meridians and a scale, reducing the purely decorative element and greatly increasing the number of place names. References: 日本古地図大成 Nihon kochizu taisei (Monumenta Cartographica Japonica), pl. 33 and the explanation volume, pp.59-60; K. Unno, "Cartography in Japan," History of Cartography, v.2 bk.2 pp.346-477. Reproductions: Beans, A list of Japanese maps (1951), fp. 24; History of Cartography, v.2 bk.2 p.414 fig.11.45.

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