SUPERB MAP OF TOKYO
TOKYO. Bunken Oedo Ezu. [ Large Map Showing the Divisions / Properties of Greater Edo]. By Hikogoro Kanamaru. Large folding map, engraved in wood and printed in colour, 1990 x 1650 mm. Folded to 4to. size with original front board bearing printed title-slip. Tokyo: Suwaraya Mohei, dated Tempo 6 [i.e. 1835].
An extraordinary colour-printed map of Tokyo, and a fine example of Edo cartography. The present map is exceptionally detailed with accurate delineations of daimyo residences, temples, shops, private properties, fields, and much more. As is true with all maps of Edo from the Tokugawa period, the site of the Shogunal Castle (located in the center of the map) is left blank -- due in part to security concerns, although this feature clearly was used to enhance the Emperor's mystique.
The large legend includes information on tides, pilgrimage routes, daimyo residences, star constellations, distances from Nihonbashi to various places in the City, lucky and unlucky days, and more. The first map to bear the above title was published by Suwara Jiemon in 1727; for obvious reasons, the map was revised regularly. The first Kanamaru edition dates from 1778, and it too was revised regularly. Minor repairs to folds, lacking back board, but generally in very good condition. Very scarce.
This edition is not in Kerlin, Catalogue of Pre-Meiji Japanese Books & Maps in Public Collections in The Netherlands (1996) but cf. Kerlin 88.
Item nr. 90923 $ 6,500.00