Tenpo 5. 1834.
TWO VOLUMES, 76 double page color woodblock maps (41+35), 10 1/8 x 7 inches (26 x 18 cm), Japanese accordion style binding with decorative embossed paper covers. There is worming to many, but not all, of the pages, occasional light soiling to margins, covers quite worn. This beautiful woodblock atlas begins with a map of Japan, which is followed by maps of the individual provinces, and finally a map of the world. This map makes clear the effects on geographic knowledge of Japan's long closure to outside influence: California is mapped as an island and Australia (marked "megaranika" presumably relating to the color of the inhabitants) is joined to New Guinea to the north and to Antarctica at the south examples of outdated geographical knowledge. New Zealand does not appear on the map. Item #45262