Catalog Archive
Auction 161, Lot 32

"[Japanese World Map]",

Subject: World

Period: 1862 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

24.3 x 16.2 inches
61.7 x 41.1 cm

This interesting Japanese world map is depicted in a type of azimuthal projection with Japan at the center, causing distortion to lands depicted at the periphery. The map is surrounded by 81 flags, including that of the United States at bottom left, which is shown with 27 stars. The 27-star flag, although shown with the stars in the incorrect position, was only used for 1 year in 1845 immediately after the admittance of Florida as a state. Also shown is the Great Star flag and another flag with three stripes and 16 stars, which likely represents the flag of the Confederate States of America (which only had 13 stars). Printed on four sheets of rice paper, joined and folding in cloth-covered self-wrappers.


Condition: B+

A vividly colored example with a number of minute worm holes only visible when held to light and one small hole adjacent to the flag of the Russian Federation, just below the map.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,500

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/8/2017