1942 or Showa 17 Japanese Land Survey Map of the North Island of New Zealand
Description: This is a scarce and beautiful 1942 or Showa 17 Japanese map of the North Island or New Zealand by the Imperial Japan Government Land Survey Division. The map covers all of North Island, the world's 14th largest island, as well as part of the northern tip of the South Island. This World War II era map is highly detailed and notes rivers, towns, shipping lines and a host of other topographical features. While Allied World War II maps of this region are fairly common it is extremely rare to come across their Japanese counterparts. All text is in Japanese. This map was issued by the Imperial Japanese Government Land Survey Division in 1942.
Date: 1942 (dated)
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 41 x 30 inches (104.14 x 76.2 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 2000000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Minor overall toning.
Printable Info Sheet
Code: NewZealand-japanese-1942 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: New Zealand , Japanese Map , World War II Map