[Tokyo / Edo Anesi Earquake] / 燒場朽方角繪圖 / Map of the Burning Fields.
1855 (undated) 12 x 22 in (30.48 x 55.88 cm)
This is a scarce 1855 Japanese Kawaraban illustrating the devastation in Edo Tokyo related to the 1855 Great Ansei Earthquake. Oriented with east at the top, the map depicts the parts of Edo (Tokyo) which were devastated by the earthquake and is surrounded by descriptive text. The cardinal directions are identified.
Great Ansei Earthquake
The Great Ansei Earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.0, was one of the major disasters of the late-Edo period Japan. The earthquake occurred on November 11, 1855. The epicenter close to Edo (now Tokyo), causing considerable damage in the Kantō region from the shaking and subsequent fires.
Kawaraban and Edo State Censorship
The Tokugawa Shogunate had long been suppressing public news outlets. The Japanese general populace, curious about major events, turned to the illicit kawaraban (読売) for information. Kawaraban, as above, are broadside publications quickly printed in response to major new events and distributed for a small fee. As most were produced cheaply and intended to be read and discarded, few survive and those that do are invaluable historical resources.
Average. Toning, repaired loss, wormholing, creasing. As shown.