Shintei - Japanese World Map from 1853
Beautiful Japanese World Map
By: Suido Nakajima.
A very interesting 1853 Japanese world map by Suido Nakajima. Presented on Mercator's projection, this map shows a remarkable sophistication and advancement in Japanese world cartography combined with beautiful traditional Japanese printing styles.This can probably be attributed to the arrival of the American Commodore Matthew Perry in Edo Harbor of the same year, and with his arrival, an explosion of new cartographic ideas. The Japanese map makers no longer had to rely on 17th century Dutch maps acquired via the Dutch East India Company’s (VOC) for reference.
British Claims to Washington and British Columbia are noted in North America. Australia and the Pacific are accurately rendered, as are the discoveries of Vitus Bering and James Cook in the Arctic. Africa is still vastly unexplored, this was before John Hanning Speke made his expeditions to Africa. Four hemispheres appear in the lower left quadrant, from left, the southern, northern, eastern, and western. All are on a stereographic projection.
Prints: Museum quality prints on thick and durable matte paper which are acid free. They are made to last longer than the antique posters themselves.
Canvas: Ploy-cotton blend canvas that are about 20 millimeter thick and are fade resistant. They are professionally hand stretched and glued to solid wooden bars and are treated with a matte finish coating.
Frames: Light weight and durable frames with acrylite front protector that are shatter proof and optically pure.
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