Catalog Archive
Auction 155, Lot 623

"[Travel Map of Japan]", Anon.

Subject: Japan

Period: 1897 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

55.4 x 13.6 inches
140.7 x 34.5 cm

This great woodblock print is a conceptual, stylistic map of Japan, produced during the Meiji period (1868 - 1912). The Meiji period is so named for the 45-year reign of Emperor Meiji and is the period associated with Japan's modernization and rise to world power status. The name literally means "Period of Enlightened Rule." The map, produced for the Japanese market, covers the whole of Japan and was designed for the use of travelers going from town to town by way of roads and railroads. All names and descriptions are in Japanese characters, with many of the larger towns having English names as well. Printed on two sheets and joined. Issued folding (5x7").


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few small wormholes and minor soiling. There are several separations along the folds and a 5" edge tear at right that have all been closed on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/18/2015