MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
DIMENSIONS: 7 X 268 inches (22 1/3 feet or 6 3/4 meters long) 3 1/3 X 7 inches (folded)
CONDITION: original covers & title slip; Fine impressions & colors.
NOTES: One of the longest early Japanese woodblock maps I have owned. Outstanding and original.
ITEM ID: 1890

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Map of Japan and Other Countries with Trade ROutes

Decade: 1800s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Japanese print map of Japan, Korea, parts of Sakhalin (Karafuto), Etorufu, Kunashir Island (Kunashiri), Manshu (Manchuria), Kamchatka, etc, with all the highways, waterways, and trade routes clearly marked. Ezo was under the control of the Matsumae Daimyo who had cartographers map Sakhalin and named it Kita-Ezo (Northern Ezo). The 1689 Nerchinsk Treaty between Russia and China defined the Stanovoy Mountains as the border. A lot of these areas are still being disputed and this map represents Japan’s early interest in exploring, settling, and making its own claim to these areas.  Also depicted Korea and the trade routes between Japan and the kingdom leading to the heavily restricted port of Nagasaki which was Japan’s only window to the outside world.