This is a c. 1920 Brett's Pharmacy city plan or map of Yokohama, Japan. The map depicts Yokohama from Mississippi Bay to the harbor and from Negishi Villages to the bay. Identified locations include the racecourse, the infectious diseases ward, and several cemeteries. Several blocks are shaded red - indicating places of interest to the foreigner, among them hospitals, civic buildings, boarding houses, and over a dozen consulates. An arrow highlights the location of Brett's Pharmacy in downtown Yokohama, in one of the red city blocks. An inset of the Yokohama region tracing its railway network appears in the upper right.
The Most International City in JapanAt the time of this map's publication, Yokohama was the most international city in Japan. Merchants, military men, missionaries, and other travelers visited from all over the world - often bringing with them foreign diseases. Illness was common among new arrivals and Brett's Pharmacy, which specialized in 'American, English, and French medicines, perfumes, and toilet requisites suited to the needs of travelers' was ideally situated to help. The pharmacy issued this map to capitate on these needs.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created and published by Brett's Pharmacy c. 1920. There are several variants and editions, all undated. Nonetheless, all editions of Brett's Pharmacy maps of Yokohama are rare. We have handled one other example in a different edition. Another example is cataloged in OCLC as part of the collection at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Brett’s Pharmacy (fl. c. 1910 - 1923) was a pharmacy in Yokohama, Japan. They specialized in ‘American, English, and French medicines, perfumes, and toilet requisites suited to the needs of travelers.’ An American soda fountain was located there as well. Tourists could also get prescriptions filled at Brett’s by ‘expert chemists’ trained in England. Located at 60 Main Street, an advertisement stated that ‘we carry what you want, and do not stock second-grade or spurious goods. Our aim is to give you what you wish, and not to palm off something ‘just as good.’’
Very good. Attached to original binder. Minor wear on old fold lines.