Auction 170, Lot 43

"[Japanese World Map] Meiji Shinsen Bankoku Seizu",

Subject: World

Period: 1886 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

33.1 x 23.1 inches
84.1 x 58.7 cm

This stunning Japanese pocket map by Shichiroemon Goto is as informative as it is decorative - as long as you can read Japanese! The map is teeming with place names, and there is good topographical detail throughout. There are two small double hemisphere maps within the larger map, one showing a polar projection, the other the Western and Eastern hemispheres. An inset below the title at top provides a closer view of Japan. Additional insets near the bottom compare the lengths of the world's rivers and the elevations of various mountains. Eleven small views decorate the bottom of the map, including the Ganges River, St. Petersburg, Rome, Washington, Paris, and London. More than 100 national flags flank the title. Folds into yellow paper-covered boards. Published by Nakamura Asakichi.


Condition: B+

There is light soiling and a few tiny splits at fold intersections. Covers are soiled and worn around the edges.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $850

Closed on 11/14/2018