Friday, 9 March 2012

Antique Map of Japan by Colton dated 1856 


Colton's map of Japan. Like most of Colton's Asia maps, this map was derived from an earlier wall map of the world produced by Colton and D. Griffing Johnson. Compiled from the work of Siebold and from the 1850 U.S. Japan Expedition (Perry), this map covers the Japanese Islands from Kiusiu north to Yesso (Hokkaido).Inset details include Hokkaido or Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles and the Bay of Nagasaki. This map influenced other contemporary cartographers such as Johnson.
This map also identifies various cities, towns, rivers, capes, mountains, and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, yellow and blue pastels to define provincial and state boundaries. Surrounded by Colton's typical spiral motif border. Dated and copyrighted to J. H. Colton, 1855. Published from Colton's 172 William Street Office in New York City. Issued as page no. 29 in volume 2 of Colton's 1856 Atlas of the World.

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