Shinano Province (Shogun era; now in Nagano prefecture)
Rare map of Shinano
Date of this map: ca. 1820
Dimensions (with margins): 33 x 27,5 cm
Condition: Very good. Original colouring. Strong woodcut print on Japanese rice paper on two sheets and clear image. Sufficient margins to frame.
Condition rating: A+
From: Kokugun Zenzu (Atlas of Japan, deluxe version)
Shinano (信濃国, Shinano no kuni) is a ancient Japanese (Shogun) province situated in current prefecture Nagano. Shinano was adjacent to the provinces of Echigo, Etchu,Hida, Kai, Kozuke, Mikawa, Mino, Musashi, Suruga and Totomi. The ancient capital was located near modern-day Matsumoto, which became an important city of the province.
After his revolution Emperor Meiji reformed the country and replaced the provincial administration by prefectures.
During WW II Japan named an aircraft carrier after this old province.
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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