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Publisher: OHARA, K.
Title: A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia. / 滑稽欧亜外交地図 / Kokkei Ō-A Gaikō Chizu.
Published in: Tokyo, April, 1904
Size: 16.3 x 22.4 inches.
41.5 x 57.0 cm.

In printed colours.
Condition: Chromo-lithography. Folds as issued. In very good condition. Paper size 495x670mm.
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A wonderful example of the rare 1904 Kisaburo Ohara satirical 'Octopus Map' of Europe being swallowed by a octopus (Russia).
Composed at the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War (1904 1905), the map was modelled on a famous illustration by the British cartoonist Frederick W. Rose, the 'Black Octopus' that had been produced earlier in the Nineteenth Century.
Commenting on the print, Kisaburo Ohara is reported to have said that 'the black octopus stretches out his eight arms in all directions, and seizes up every thing that comes within his reach', and 'the continuing existence of the black octopus will depend entirely upon how he comes out of this war'.
He predicted that the 'Japanese army is about to win a signal victory over Russia in Korea and Manchuria, so wait & see!'

The first edition of this Japanese map was published on February 23, 1904 (this third edition was published in April of the same year), and the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War was on February 8th. From the fact that it was published only two weeks after the war began, we can assume that the topic was highly popular.
It has been argued by New York collector P. J. Mode, and others, that this map was probably intended for an English as much as a Japanese audience. He reminds us that the Russo-Japanese war was primarily a naval engagement. The map served as a warning to the British stay out of the war.

In terms of the geographical representation of central Asia, it is noteworthy that China's borders are not that of Qing China, buy rather are severely limited, excluding Chinese claims to Tibet and Turkestan.
Although there has been no known study of the various editions of this map, at least 5 are known, this being the third. Cartographically all states are identical.
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OHARA, K. - A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia. / 滑稽欧亜外交地図 / Kokkei Ō-A Gaikō Chizu.

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