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Japan and Korea
John Thomson. "Corea and Japan." From A New General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Thomson, 1821. Engraving. 19 1/2 x 24 1/2. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

A beautifully crafted map of Japan and Korea from an interesting period in the history of the countrie. The map shows population centers, waterways and topography using the hachuring method to illustrate elevations. Interior information is well represented, with precise engraving. The delicate coloring highlights the information given, making the map both easier to read and pleasing to look at. Altogether, a fine example of early 19th-century British cartography. $525

"Japan. Nippon, Kiusiu, Sikok, Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. 12 1/2 x 15 1/2. Lithograph. Original outline color. A few short tears (repaired) in bottom & right margins, not affecting image; light stains in top and bottom margins. Else very good condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This map of Japan with its fine detail, is a strong example of their successful work. The map shows from the Sisters south of Kiusiu to the southern tip of Yesso. Two insets appear in opposite corners, one of Yesso and the Kuriles and the other of the Bay of Nagasaki. The pastel hand color make the aesthetic appearance of the map equal the historic interest. $125

"China." [and] "Japan." Philadelphia: W.M. Bradley & Bro., 1883. 16 3/8 x 23 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Otherwise, very good condition.

A neatly detailed map from the Philadelphia publishing firm of William M. Bradley & Bros. While Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there, as is evidenced by this map. Topography, political information, towns, and physical features are all presented precisely and clearly. $125

"Japan." From Black's General Atlas of The World. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1884. 15 1/4 x 12 1/4. Chromolithograph. Very good condition.

One of a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the second half of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. These handsome maps are good examples of their output. $100

"Japan." Chicago: G.F. Cram & Co., 1900. 12 x 11. Colored cerograph. Very good condition.

A detailed map of Japan from the beginning of the twentieth century. The George Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but in the 1880s this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information, and details on roads, towns, railroads, and so forth. $65

"Japan." with insets: "Outline Map of Japan," "Ezo and Chishima," "Ryukyu Islands," "South Extension of Osumi Province," and "Island of Formosa." From Indexed Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1904. 19 x 26. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.

An early 20th century map from the early days of the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the work from the firm, these maps have very good detail, precisely and neatly exhibited. Topographic and social information, counties, roads, and many more details are illustrated. Railroad information is also presented. Aesthetically and cartographically an early example of the iconic style of maps of the twentieth century. $125

"Japan." New York: C.S. Hammond & Co., 1913. 7 3/4 x 11. Chromolithograph. Very good condition.

A detailed and very up-to-date map of the Japanese archipelago by one of leading American cartographic firms of the early twentieth century. New York had become the center of American map publishing in the middle of the nineteenth century. Towards the end of that century much of the cartographic industry moved to Chicago and other cities, but the Hammond firm kept New York as an important center of map-making. This map is typical of the company's output, with accurate and clearly presented topographical and political detail. $45

World War II era city maps: Black and white offset prints on paper that has toned over time. Stable.


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