Anon. Atlas of Provinces and Counties of Japan


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Title: Aou, Tōkei. Kokugun Zenzu [Atlas of Provinces and Counties of Japan]. (volume 1 only)
Published in: [Nagoya]: Tōheido, Tenpō 8 = 1837

Size: 11.0 x 7.9 inches.
28.0 x 20.0 cm.

Original wood block prints
Condition: One volume of two. 76 pp. With preface and 34 detailed woodblock maps. Yellow stiff stitched wrappers, damaged, title label missing. On double leaves, oriental style (fukurotoji). Re-sewed, with remains of old sewing's.
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First edition. Very attractive early Japanese Atlas of detailed maps of Japanese regions compiled by six Japanese civilians in the eighth year (1837) of the Tenpō era (1830-1844), containing a map of Honshu, Kyushu and 33 double-page color maps of 33 (of 66) provinces or "Kuni" the name for ancient provinces, and the "Gun". The atlas measures 28x20cms when closed and has 76 pages including the preface.
One of the maps is showing that Japan did not regard Dokdo as Japanese territory before it annexed Korea in 1905. The preface says that the maps cover 66 feudal states under the Tokugawa Shogunate and two islands -- Ikishima and Tsushima. At the time, the shogunate ordered complete maps of Japan and they are made by Six cartographers. The maps in this atlas are elaborately drawn, with the seas painted in blue, the lands green, and major cities yellow. Even tiny islands and submerged rocks in the seas are described.
But there is no mention nor depiction of Dokdo anywhere. It is not indicated even in a separate map of Okishima, the prefecture the Japanese government claims Dokdo belongs to.
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