Japanese Maps : [Edo meisho e]

Japanese Maps

<p style='text-align: justify;'> Pictorial map of Edo, in Japanese. The title is tentative. The signature and seal of the artist, Kuwagata Shōshin (an alias for Kitao Masayoshi; Shōshin was the name he took in 1797), preceded by the place of production (Edo), appear in the upper right section. The publisher, Seireikaku (the shop name for Suharaya Ihachi), is reported in red in the lower left section, with no publication date. The map was published probably in 1803. It is an aerial view of Edo, in colour, as seen from the direction of Honjo, in present-day Sumida Ward. Drawn in single-point perspective, it fits the entire view of the city on a single page, along with a wealth of information about noteworthy spots. It highlights the nature of Edo as a city of water and greenery that made ingenious use of its river and ocean resources. </p>

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