Notes: This is the second edition of one of the crowning achievements of Japanese Edo-period mapmaking (following a rare 1828 publication), a detailed map of the political divisions of Japan prior to the establishment of the prefecture system. With three exceptions, the provinces are depicted on two facing sheets, with one per map. The scale of each map is therefore different, depending on the scale required to fit it in the allotted space.
The carved woodblock maps are printed in light blue, dark blue, black, yellow, and red. The maps show administrative divisions (villages, provinces, counties), roads, stations, historical places, shrines, and temples.
This atlas was adapted by Tokei Ichikawa from the large and accurate map of Japan made by Sekisui Nagakubo in 1773. This atlas format, according to the introduction, is intended for desktop use.
See the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan catalog record for more information on this atlas: "It is considered the masterpiece of atlases of Japan's political divisions." [日本総図を分割した地図帳のうち、最高傑作とされる.]
Printed on double leaves. Volume I: , 41 double-page maps; [blank] pages; vol. II: , 34 double-page maps, [blank],  pages. 7-1/2 by 11-1/4 inches (roughly 18 by 29 cm).
Edition + Condition: Covers darkened with minor loss to the paper cover labels; light worming inside, generally very good.
Publication: Osaka and Edo: Kawachiya Kihe et al. and Eirakuya Toshiro, 1837 (Tenpo 8).
Item No: #307882