National Anthropological Archives

MS 7146 Map of Edo [Tokyo]

Collection ID:
Tokyo, Japan, Fujiya Kichiz┼Ź, 1849
Physical Description:
1 Page
96.5 cm x 71.3 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The document is a street map oriented to the west. It has a few illustrations to show ships in Edo Bay and some buildings. A large hollyhock family crest identifies Edo Castle, the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate government. The locations of residences of lords of the fiefs are identified with their family crests. Included is a chart that shows distances from the Nihombashi area to local temples, shrines, and other points of interest. A colophon identifies the publisher, place, and date of the map. An typed English caption provides a historical sketch of the rise of Tokyo.

Custodial History
Gift from Mrs. Lispernard Seabury Crocker, 1961. She collected it in Japan in the 1930s. Transferred from the artifactual collection of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives by Chang-su Houchins, March 1984.The map was in an exhibit entitled "Around the World," held at the Historic Warner House,Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 31-August 5, 1939.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
ANTHRO CAT 398,576
USNM ACC 232,559
NAA ACC 85-2(part)
NAA MS 7146
NAA INV 10000003

Local Note
Local Note
Data and translations furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology, NMNH. See Hugh Cortazzi, Isles of Gold: Antique Maps of Japan (New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1983), and Jhon W. Dower, The Elements of Japanese Design: A Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry, and Symbolism (New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1971).

Using the Collection
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Color woodblock print 96.5cm x 71.3 cm
Manuscript 7146, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Mounted on paper that has been backed with cloth.

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Heraldry -- Japan -- depicted Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japan Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tokyo -- Maps, Pictorial -- Japan Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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