1943 or Showa 18 Japanese World War II Map of Thailand
Description: This is a beautiful 1943 or Showa 18 large format Japanese map of Thailand dating to World War II. The map covers the entirety of the country with an inset city plan of Bangkok in the lower left quadrant. Another inset shows the southern tip of the country. The map offers superb detail regarding topographic features and notes cities, roads, and trade routes on air, sea and land. Shading is used to display oceanic depths. All text is in Japanese. This map was created by the Japanese during World War II and was issued as map no. 6, part of a 20 map series detailing of parts of Asia and the Pacific.
Date: 1943 (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 20 x 29 inches (50.8 x 73.66 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 2000000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Accompanied by original paper cover.
Code: Thailand-japanese-1943 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: World War II Map , Japanese Map