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1942 Japanese Map of Malaysia and Sumatra w/ Singapore

Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.
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Title:    Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.

Description:    This is a large and beautiful 1942 World War II era map of the Malay Peninsula (Malaysia) and Sumatra, Indonesia, issued by the Survey Bureau of Manchuria State. The map covers the Malay Peninsula, including Singapore, as well as the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Issued shortly after the capture of Malaya and Sumatra by the Japanese Army, this map notes numerous towns, cities, rivers, railways, islands and topography. A legend is included in the lower left quadrant. All text is in Japanese. This map was issued by the Survey Bureau of Manchuria State in 1942.

Date:    1942 (undated)

Cartographer:    Japanese cartography appears as early as the 1600s. Japanese maps are known for their exceptional beauty and high quality of workmanship. Early Japanese cartography has its own very distinctive projection and layout system. Japanese maps made prior to the appearance of Commodore Perry and the opening of Japan in the mid to late 1850s often have no firm directional orientation, incorporate views into the map proper, and tend to be hand colored woodblock prints. This era, from the 1600s to the c. 1855, which roughly coincides with the Tokugawa or Edo Period (1603-1886), some consider the Golden Age of Japanese Cartography. Most maps from this period, which followed isolationist ideology, predictably focus on Japan. The greatest cartographer of the period, whose work redefined all subsequent cartography, was Ino Tadataka (1745 -1818). Ino's maps of Japan were so detailed that, when the European cartographers arrived they had no need, even with their far more sophisticated survey equipment, to remap the region. Later Japanese maps, produced in the late Edo and throughout the Meiji period, draw heavily upon western maps as models in both their content and overall cartographic style. While many of these later maps maintain elements of traditional Japanese cartography such as the use of rice paper, woodblock printing, and delicate hand color, they also incorporate western directional orientation, projection systems, and structural norms. Click here for a list of Japanese maps.

Size:   Printed area measures 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 1200000

Condition:    Very good. Minor wear and toning along original fold lines. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue. Overall age toning.

Code:   MalaySingapore-japanese-1942 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    Singapore , Malaysia , Indonesia , World War II , Japanese Map

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