1897 [Map of Japan]
Date: 1897 (circa) Japan
Dimensions: 13.6 x 55.4 inches (34.5 x 140.8 cm)
This great woodblock print is a conceptual, stylistic map of Japan, produced during the Meiji period (1868 - 1912). The Meiji period (meaning: Period of Enlightened Rule) is so named for the 45-year reign of Emperor Meiji and is the period associated with Japan's modernization and rise to world power status.
The map, produced for the Japanese market, covers the whole of Japan and was designed for the use of travelers going from town to town by way of roads and railroads. All names and descriptions are in Japanese characters, with many of the larger towns having English names as well. In the lower right, a marvelous legend identifies towns and cities by various sizes, mountains, rivers, roads, railroads, ports, and passenger boat routes.
This map was printed on two sheets, joined, and colored. It was originally issued folding for ease of travel.
Condition: Map is in B+ condition with a few small wormholes and minor soiling. There are several separations along the folds and a 5" edge tear at right that have all been closed on verso with archival materials.
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