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HOME MINISTRY - TOKYO in 9 sheets in 1:5 000 scale.

HOME MINISTRY - TOKYO in 9 sheets in 1:5 000 scale.
TOKYO in 9 sheets in 1:5 000 scale. - HOME MINISTRY
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Title : TOKYO in 9 sheets in 1:5 000 scale..
Map maker : HOME MINISTRY.
Date : Tokyo, ca. 1888.
Size : 23.2 x 23.2 inches. / 59.0 x 59.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description : The first very detailed map of Tokyo in a scale of 1:5,000 in 9 sheets published in 1888 by the Home Ministiry.
The Home Ministry was a Cabinet-level ministry established under the Meiji Constitution that managed the internal affairs of Empire of Japan from 1873-1947. Its duties included local administration, police, public works and elections.

Between Meiji era and the end of World War II, map production in Japan was conducted by the Land Survey Department of the General Staff Headquarters, the former Japanese army. The topographic survey of Japan commenced in 1885, and a series at a scale of 1:20 000 and with a design similar to that of the German Messtischblatt was decided upon as the base map. The organization responsible for surveys, with effect from 1888, was the Land Survey Department. In 1890 it was decided to produce a base map at 1: 50 000 and a general map at 1: 200 000.
The use of the 1:20 000 (in 1910 to be changed in favor of 1:25 000) scale was limited to the depiction of densely populated areas. The 1:50 000 and 1:200 000 series were completed in 1925.

Triangulation technique and other modern techniques and apparatuses for map compilation were brought into Japan by foreign nationals employed by Japan in early Meiji era. Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Home Affairs prepared maps using them.

David Peter Phillips, "Intersections of Modernity and Tradition: An Urban Planning History of Tokyo in the Early Meiji Period (1868-1888)." (PhD U. of Pennsylvania 1996, Dissertation Abstracts International (1996) 57#4 pp 1879-1879.)

Condition : 9 Sheets together forming a plan of Tokyo. With some marginal spotting. Kept in a paper wrapper, with Japanese title in ink.

ID: 36348

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