[Untitled, Southeast Asia] 第一圖 / Map One.
1875 (undated) 19.5 x 18.25 in (49.53 x 46.355 cm)
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A scarce Meiji 8, 1875 Japanese issue plan or map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies. Centered on the Mekong River, this map covers from Taiwan to Java and from Pegu (Burma) to the Philippines, including all of modern day Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines, as well as parts of Burma and China. Inland detail seems primarily restricted to political borders and riverways, but a view major cities, such as Bangkok, Guangzhou, Pegu (Rangoon), and Mandalay, are noted. Vivid color coding identifies various polities: China, British Burma, Independent Burma, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malay, Malacca, British Borneo, and the Philippines are apparent.
This map was prepared to illustrate an extremely rare Meiji Era Japanese travelogue describing a voyage to Thailand or Siam. We have identified only two other examples of this map located in the archives of the Waseda University Library, Tokyo; the Kyoto University Library, Kyoto.
Siamese Kikouzu (暹羅紀行図 ), Tokyo : Kōbush) 1875.
Very good. Minor toning and wear on original fold lines. Light waterstain.
OCLC 838714642. Waseda University Library, 292.37038 njb / 8. Kyoto University Library, 1960818789.