Auction 116, Lot 42

"[Japanese Map of the World]", Anon.

Subject: World

Period: 1880 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
49 x 25.5 inches
124.5 x 64.8 cm

This huge folding Japanese woodblock map is presented on Mercator's projection in the style of European maps. The map centers on Japan and the Pacific. At the bottom are four spheres showing the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and two polar projections. This type of map became popular in the Meiji Era as Japan turned towards a concept of Western-style nationhood and a desire to integrate itself with world society. Six-sheets joined, as issued.

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Condition: A

Couple of insignificant Japanese tissue repairs on fold intersections, else fine.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 9/20/2006

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