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Author : UMEMURA, Yahaku.
Title : DAI MIN KYUHEN BANKOKU JINSEKI ROTEI ZENZU: GREAT MAP OF CHINA AND IT'S SURROUNDING COUNTRIES. Chinese Title: DA MING JIU BIAN WAN GUO, REN JI LU CHEN QUAN TU: WHOLE MAP OF THE GREAT MING DYNASTY CHINA & ITS NINE BORDER LANDS.
 Description of Contents... 
 Translation of the Chinese Title: continued:
"WITH THE WHOLE PICTURE OF THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY AND ALL
ROADS."
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Chinese pinyin title is:
DA MING JIU BIAN WAN GUO, REN JI LU CHEN QUAN TU.
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A marvelous and grand size example. The work basically shows
the whole country and its surrounding areas. Minor tears,
most repaired, some old stains & repaired worming, actually
quite nice. Remarkable in its detail and features. It shows
the Great Wall at the top, or Northern orientation,
geographic features include: rivers, lakes, cities and
villages, mountains are painted in green. With a list of
foreign countries at the left margin, showing the distance
in "Ri" or miles. Important administrative areas in red
outline, islands named, the sea around the whole country is
done in a stylistic wave pattern set in the middle of an
ocean border. Includes China's East coast, Shanghai &c.
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At the East are islands of the "Women, Long People, Hairy
People" &c. Essentially a grand world map, with China
occupying the center, other countries shown on the exterior
of the map. With a list & explanation on Chinese cities at
the bottom, with commentaries on each of the provinces to
the right. European countries are shown to the West, each
properly named. The whole map is hand-colored with gouache
or pastel water colors. There are four marginal stamped
cinnabar collector's seals.
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CONDITION:
The map was re-backed professionally a about 100 years ago.
There is some loss in a couple of the folds, please see the
scans to observe this, else some minor old worming but
restored from the verso. Now solid and stable.
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There are some old stains on the edges & in the folds, this
does not penetrate to the front, if it does the color of the
map ameliorates this. By and large a nice work in good plus
condition.
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Finding maps of this enormous size and subject are
difficult, it goes without saying, that we can not always
fine pristine examples that have resided in Japan where
insects love to eat this kind of hand-made Washi paper.
Seldom found for sale anywhere these days.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY:
This exact map has been cited and illustrated in:
T. Oda: THE WORLD IN JAPANESE MAPS UNTIL THE MID 19TH
CENTURY, plate #23, on pages 50-51. The Oda example is
mostly without color, while ours is nicely hand-colored.
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Suitable for framing and wall display.
Maps of this period, subject & grand size are exceptionally
S C A R C E.
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Actual scans (incl. one from the book of Oda's descriptive
[Japanese] text) are posted to our website. . *** Color scans of this and most other items are posted to our website.
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  Japan c.[1703]. Original gray rubbed silk covers, a Japanese
reprint of the 1663 Chinese map, neatly rebacked,127 x 137.5
cm., a few old mended worm holes, minor flaws, hand colored,
folds down to 21.5 x 34 cm. R A R E FIRST & ONLY EDITION

#90020401
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