Catalog Archive
Auction 135, Lot 657

"[Map of Kyoto]", Anon.

Subject: Kyoto, Japan

Period: 1890 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

19 x 28 inches
48.3 x 71.1 cm

This is a very detailed and colorful Meiji period map of Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. This Japanese produced map is composed of a 14"x 18" plan of the city surrounded by over 100 views of the city in small detailed squares. The plan is highly detailed with individual blocks shown and important buildings and streets named, all in Japanese. The map is very finely printed with the color applied by block. Around the map the surrounding hills are drawn falling away as if viewed in each direction from the city center. The pocket map is folded and still attached to the back stiff cover, but the front cover is missing. A Japanese source dates the map at 1890.


Condition: B+

The map is very good with only some light wear and minor stains and a few small holes at the fold intersections. The single cover board is worn and stained.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/16/2011