This is an important and rare full set of 20 maps from the 1943 Showa 18 World War II (WWII) Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere series. The series of maps covers from India to Hawaii and from Japan to Australia. Those areas of particular interest and important to the Japanese war effort, particularly Malay, the Philippines, Australia, and Java, are double mapped.
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (大東亜共栄圏) was an imperial concept created and promulgated for occupied Asian populations during 1930-45 by the Empire of Japan. The concept was announced by Hachirō Arita on June 29, 1940. The Co-Prosperity Sphere was intended as a self-sufficient 'bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers.' It covered Southeast Asia, Eastern China, Manchuria, Japan, the East India Islands, and parts of Oceania. The idea promoted the cultural and economic unity East Asians, Southeast Asians, and Oceanians.
- Co-Prosperity Sphere General Map
- Marshall Islands / Micronesia
- Philippine Islands
- Luzon, Philippines Islands
- Malay / Sumatra
- Malay / Singapore
- Java II
- New Guinea
- Western Australia
- New Zealand
- Northern India
The Co-Prosperity Sphere map series was published by the Japan Publishing and Distribution Company, Ltd. (日本出版配給株式會社). The present example is the second 1943 edition. Maps from this set do appear on the market from time to time, but a complete set is exceedingly rare. We have seen only one other.
Very good. All maps come with original blue paper folders. Some are slightly more faded than others or may have wear and/or verso reinforcement on original fold lines or at fold intersections. Some have pinholes in corners. All bear title stamp and deaccession stamp. All maps measure roughly 21 x 29.5 inches.