Koshodo. Pocket map. Copper engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 28.6" x 20.7"
This colorful tourist map of Tokyo and Yokohama is a highly detailed document of the city and its environs in the Meiji period. The city is shown divided into districts, and roads, rivers, and railroads are all labeled. Important buildings are colored in red, including the Imperial Palace at the map's center. The map is surrounded by 39 vignettes illustrating these significant buildings and other places around the city. Municipalities within the city proper are labeled, and rice farms can be seen in the rural districts, also labeled, outside the main city. The map has a substantial index, including police stations, ship soundings, monasteries, temples, and shrines. It also includes an inset map of the city of Yokohama and numerous information tables. The map is labeled with the publication date of February 3, 1887. It is in very good condition with original orange paper boards still attached, if slightly worn. Narrow margins as issued with some wear to edges, but overall bright color and no foxing or staining. Like many Japanese maps from the Meiji period, this map incorporates western cartographic elements, such as the large compass rose, into the traditional Japanese cartographic style. The map's intention for tourist use speaks to the gradual modernization that occurred in Japan during this era.