MS 7157 A bird's-eye view of Nagasaki

Collection ID:
Nagasaki, Japan, Toshimaya, 1778
Physical Description:
1 Page
64 cm x 91 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The document is a street map that shows Nagasaki, nearby topological features, and foreign ships in the harbor. Also shown is Deshima and the Chinese settlement. The map is oriented to the northwest. Included is a table that shows distances by land and sea to various places in Japan from Nagasaki.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The print is signed Onata Bunjiyemon, whose trade name was Toshimaya (also known as Bunkindō). He was a well known publisher for Nagasaki prints ca. 1770s-1790s. C. R. Boxer, in Jan Compagnie in Japan, The Hague, 1936, states that "the next oldest Toshimaya print which can be dated with certainty is a map of Nagasaki published in Annei 7 or 1778. The colors which predominate are yellow, greyish blue and black. The inscription on the left hand bottom corner includes a table of distances in ʹriʹ by land and sea to various places in Japan." He goes on to describe the map of which NAA manuscript 7157 is a print.

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

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7157
NAA INV 10000013

Local Note
Local Note
Data and translations furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology, NMNH.
Local Note
Woodblock print

Using the Collection
Manuscript 7157, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Maps Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nagasaki -- Maps, Pictorial -- Japan Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japanese Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Toshimaya, Bunjiemon Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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