"[Shinsei Yochi Zenzu - Newly Revised World Map]",
Period: 1844 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.3 x 13 inches
59.2 x 33 cm
This attractive Japanese world map by Mitsukuri Shogo is presented in scroll format. It is flanked by panels of Japanese text and housed in a wooden box. The map is presented in two hemispheres with a particular emphasis on physical geography, including river systems and topography. Shogo states that the map was based upon an earlier 1835 French map, which he enhanced with the inclusion of latitude/longitude lines, five climatic zones, and hand coloring to differentiate the continents and some countries. In North America, the Republic of Texas appears to be delineated and the boundary issue between Canada and the United States is settled along the 49th parallel. In the Eastern Hemisphere, Australia is noted as both "New Holland" and Australia. The only state noted is New South Wales. To its north, the sea to the west of Japan is noted as "the Sea of Korea" while the waters to the east are labeled "The Sea of Great Japan." The full scroll with text panels measures 54.0 x 14.0". Engraved by Takeguchi Teisai. Housed in a wooden box.
There is minor foxing, some extraneous creasing, and numerous wormholes throughout that have been repaired on verso with tissue. Wooden box is sturdy with some minor soiling.