An uncommon atlas of Japan by Tokei Ichikawa; Complete Map of Provinces and Districts, comprising 69 maps of regions of Japan in two books.
A rare atlas of Japan by Tokei Ichikawa
Complete Map of Provinces and Districts, comprising 69 maps of regions of Japan in two books
Ichikawa Tokei. Kokugun zenzu [Complete Map of Provinces and Districts], 10th month, Tempo 8 (1837)
2 volumes illustrated book, color woodblock printed, second edition, 10th month, Tempo 8 (1837), comprising 69 maps of regions of Japan in two books, each volume 28.2 x 19.7cm, original paper wrapper.
Volume 1: 41 double-page illustrations of maps, 8 double pages and 4 single pages of preface, 2 double pages and 2 single pages of index and 1 title page
Volume 2: 34 double-page illustrations of maps, 2 double pages and 1 single page of index, 3 further single pages of text; yellow covers with title slips.
Condition: Very good overall condition of a rare edition of an important Japan atlas.
A rare atlas of Japan by Tokei Ichikawa (1765-1838), Second edition of the first modern printed atlas of Japan, first published in 1828, this edition is augmented with 33 additional maps and based on the earlier work by Tadataka Ino (1745-1818). Tadataka Ino studied astronomy and in 1800 he began his detailed survey of the entire coastline of Japan, with the permission of the Shogunate. However, the purpose of this was primarily coastal defence, and therefore did not detail roads, as does this later version by Tokei Ichikawa. This atlas was very influential in the further development of Japanese cartography.
Beans, A List of Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era, pp. 35-37; Kerlen 928; Nanba, Muroga and Unno, Old Maps in Japan (Osaka, 1973), p. 173; Tooley, p. 622.
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Provenance: From the Collection of James E. Fagan (1926-2011)
James E. Fagan (1926-2011) was an American collector with a special interest on the introduction of Western culture and technology to Japan’s closed Edo-era society (1603-1868), also known as the Tokugawa period. Mr Fagan studied Japanese language and history at Stanford University, and served as a US Naval officer in the Pacific theatre. He then lived and worked in Japan as an attorney in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
During this time, Fagan assembled and researched his collection of rare Edo-era woodblock and manuscript maps, prints and books not available outside Japan. Highlights include Nagasaki-e (showing the Japanese fascination with the Dutch East Indies (V.O.C.) outpost at Deshima island), early Rangaku examinations of Western science and languages, the evolution of Japanese cartographic knowledge, and the study of English and Russian military might and technology. Imaginative illustrations and maps, from Japanese castaways reporting back to the Japanese Court, also provide a glimpse of how the Western world appeared to the first Japanese to circumnavigate the globe.
The collection demonstrates Japan’s keen curiosity about the Western world during its long isolationist period, and the artful way the Japanese perspective captures the impact of European contact.
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