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HAYASHI SHIHEI - Chosen hachido no zu (or) Chosen koku zenzu (General map of korea)

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Chosen hachido no zu (or) Chosen koku zenzu (General map of korea) - HAYASHI SHIHEI
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Title : Chosen hachido no zu (or) Chosen koku zenzu (General map of korea).
Map maker : HAYASHI SHIHEI.
Date : Edo, Suharaya Shihei, in Temmei 5 or 1786.
Size : 28.5 x 19.7 inches. / 72.5 x 50.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Bold, beautifully coloured road-map of Korea by the great Hayashi Shihei. Banned by the Edo government in 1792. A banned map !In 1785 Hayashi Shihei made the Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu (Illustrated General Survey of the Three Countries). This work represents one of the earliest attempts to define Japan in terms of its outer boundaries. It represented a modern effort to distinguish Japan from the neighboring nations.
The book deals with Joseon Dynasty (Korea) and the Kingdom of Ryukyu (Okinawa), and Ezo (Hokkaido) and the Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands).


Hayashi Shihei (August 6, 1738 - July 28, 1793) was a Japanese military scholar, political theorist and a retainer of the Sendai Domain. Years before Commodore Perry sailed into Japan in 1853, Shihei was pushing for Japan to adopt Western military science and the reeducation of the samurai. He was deeply concerned about the growing presence of Russia in East Asia and advocated the need to strengthen Japan's defenses, especially along its northern borders.
His book Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu with five maps explain geography, history, culture, and current conditions and challenges of each region from the point of view of national security.

Hayashi compiled the work in l785, and published it the following year. Hayashi’s opposition to the visits of foreign ships caused the Shogunate in l792 to confiscate his work, destroy the wood blocks, and confine the author.
A copy of his book was taken to Siberia, translated into French, and published in Paris in 1832. ¤
Condition : A particularly well preserved example of this map.


ID: 38851

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