1937 Showa 12 Fusazō Sugie Map of Shanghai, China w/ mansucript (Battle of Shanghai)

Shanghai5-showa12-1937
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大上海新地圖 / The New Map of Shanghai. / Dai Shanhai shinchizu.
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1937 Showa 12 Fusazō Sugie Map of Shanghai, China w/ mansucript (Battle of Shanghai)

Shanghai5-showa12-1937

Rare map of Shanghai with manuscript annotations relating to foreign concessions and the Battle of Shanghai.

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Title


大上海新地圖 / The New Map of Shanghai. / Dai Shanhai shinchizu.
  1937 (dated)    24.5 x 36.5 in (62.23 x 92.71 cm)     1 : 20000

Description


This is a very scarce Sugie, Fusazō (杉江房造) map of Shanghai, China, issued on August 30 of 1937 (Showa 12) with manuscript annotations relating to the Battle of Shanghai. Centered on the Bund, the map covers central Shanghai. The Shanghai International Settlement is highlighted in Pink and the French Concession appears in Yellow. Along the Huangpu River, important wharves and docks are noted. In the foreign regions, important locations and street names appear in both Chinese and English, otherwise labels are in Chinese. In the upper left there are insets of nearby Hangzhou.

This map is unique for the addition of manuscript annotations in Chinese associated with the Battle of Shanghai. Parts of the Concession and International settlement are highlighted off in black ink. The surrounding regions are further highlighted in red ink. Notes that we have been unable to decipher seem to follow the battle day by day. When this map was issued, the French Concession and the International Settlement were, for the most part, left in peace by the Japanese invaders, turning them into an ocean of peace and prosperity in an otherwise war-torn city.

Versions of the New Map of Shanghai by Sugie Fusazō appeared as early as 1931 (Showa 6). There is significant variation between editions, especially those later editions which appeared during the Japanese takeover of Shanghai.

Cartographer


Fusazō Sugie (fl. c. 1910 – 1950), 杉江房造, was a Japanese bookseller, printer, and active in Shanghai during the final years of the Qing. Fusazō was the owner of the Nihon-do Japanese Bookstore (日本堂書店) in Shanghai, located at 155 Hong-Kou-Wen Street and 237 Woosung Road. He issued numerous guidebooks, souvenir photo books, and maps associated with Shanghai and Nanjing, many of which were bilingual and marketed to American and European tourists and servicemen. His bilingual New Map of Shanghai, published in various states and editions from 1931 well into the 1940s, is his most notable cartographic work.

Condition


Very good. Manuscript annotations on recto. Some wear and verso reinforcement on original fold lines.

References


OCLC 907489684.