NAGAKUBO SEKISUI. 1717-1801. Chikyu bankoku sankai yochi zenzusetsu [Map and Description of Geography of all the Countries on the Globe]. Kyoto: 1785.
Hand-colored woodcut wall-map of the world, 930 x 1640 mm, edited by Yamazaki Kinbe and Asana Yahei. Folding, with original blue papered boards, original label. Boards slightly worn, the map with some old worm holes, some with slight loss, laid down on thin rice paper.
A FINE JAPANESE WORLD MAP BY THE MASTER CARTOGRAPHER OF 18TH CENTURY JAPAN, SEKISUI. Based on de Ricci's world map of 1602 (of which 7 copies survive), Sekisui adapted the de Ricci form of the Chinese world map to publish this marvelous world wall-map. The texts on the upper margin include a discussion of the contribution of the Dutch to world mapping. The map generally keeps the Chinese characters used by de Ricci, but sometimes they are transformed into Japanese characters. The texts around the map include some interesting description; of Brazil it notes, "The inhabitants of this country do not build houses. They dig the earth and live in caverns. They like to eat human flesh, however they only eat men and not women. Their clothes are made from birds feathers." Cf. Nanba, Muroga and Unno Old Maps in Japan 1973, p 15; Cortazzi Isles of Gold 1984, p 35.