Iga Province (Shogun era; now in Mie Prefecture)
Rare map of Iga
Date of this map: ca. 1820
Dimensions (with margins): 32,9 x 26,5 cm
Condition: Very good. Original colouring. Strong woodcut print on Japanese rice paper on two sheets and clear image. Sufficient margins to frame. A few small wormholes restored at back.
Condition rating: A
From: Kokugun Zenzu (Atlas of Japan, deluxe version)
Iga Province (伊賀国, Iga no kuni) was a province in Japan located in what is today part of western Mie Prefecture. Its bordered on Yamato province and roughly coincides with the modern municipalities of Iga and Nabari.
Under the Engisiki classification system, Iga was ranked as an “inferior and near country” . Surrounded by mountains, historically, Iga Province was rather inaccessible due to extremely poor road conditions. However, the area is now relatively easy to access from nearby Nara, Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya.
The Kokugun Zenzu was an atlas made under the Tokugawa shogunate and given as a present to the favorite warlords. It contains more than 70 regional maps of Japan and was compiled by Motonobu Aoo and Toshiro Eirakayu.
Based on the work of Japanese master Ino Tadataka (11 February 1745 – 17 May 1818). He was a Japanese surveyor and cartographer. He is known for completing the first map of Japan using modern surveying techniques.
He surveyed Japan, a task, which consumed the 17 years of his life, covered the entire coastline and some of the interior of each of the Japanese home islands. During this period Inō reportedly spent 3,736 days making measurements (and traveled 34,913 kilometres), stopping regularly to present the Shogun with maps reflecting his survey’s progress. He produced detailed maps (some at a scale of 1:36,000, others at 1:216,000) of select parts of Japan, mostly in Kyushu and Hokkaido.
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