1880 Kishida Ginkaku Map of China and Korea

China-kishidaginkaku-1880
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圖全那支 / Tú quán nà zhī / Whole Map of China.
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1880 Kishida Ginkaku Map of China and Korea

China-kishidaginkaku-1880

Rare Japanese map of China with inset of Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong).

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Title


圖全那支 / Tú quán nà zhī / Whole Map of China.
  1880 (undated)    19 x 26.5 in (48.26 x 67.31 cm)     1 : 9900000

Description


A rare c. 1880 Japanese map of China and Korea by Kishida Ginkaku. The map covers all of China and Korea extending westward to Xinjiang and the Taklimakan Desert, south to Hainan and Vietnam, and north as far as northern Sakhalin. Insets detail Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, the mouth of the Yangtze River, Gaungzhouy (Canton), and Xiamen (Amoy). Provinces are defined with color coding. Japan is included, but lacks color, as it is not the focus of the map.

Although the map is undated, it is likely associated with Kishida's relocation to China where he started a chemical company in Shanghai and published a series of maps, dating it to sometime between 1877 and 1886. The cartography and printing style also corresponds to this period.

Cartographer


Kishida Ginkaku or Goshika Kishida or Kishida Ginkō (岸田吟香, June 15, 1833 – June 7, 1905) was a Japanese entrepreneur, businessman, educator, and newspaper publisher. He was born in the Okayama Prefecture to a wealthy farming family. Kishida held senior positions with several newspapers, including the Tokyo Shimbun, Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, and Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun. At some point Kishida contracted an eye disease and sought treatment from the American Missionary Hepburn in Yokohama. Befriending Hepburn, they jointly published the first Japanese-English dictionary. In 1877, he left the newspaper business to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals, establishing a branch of his company, Lok Sin Tong. in Shanghai, China. His company's signature product was an 'Eye Water' co-developed with Hepburn. In terms of cartography, Kishida published several maps in association with both his work in China and his newspaper work, including important maps of China, Korea, and the world. Kishida died in Tokyo of heart disease and pneumonia. He was survived by four children including the painter Ryoo Kishida.

Condition


Very good. Accompanies original binder. Slight wear on original fold lines.