Jun 07, 2018 - Sale 2481

Sale 2481 - Lot 124

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(KOREA.) Shihei, Hayashi. Chosen Koku Zenzu. Large manuscript map of the Kingdom of Korea on multiple sheets of heavy paper joined. 29 3/4x20 3/4 inches, folding into white embossed self-wrappers with printed paper label; minor worm tracking though in general finely preserved with strong, vibrant colors. Japan, Tenmei 5 (1785)

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Hayashi Shihei, a Japanese scholar with military interests, put forth one of the earliest attempts to define the boundaries of Japan with a concern for security and national defense in his work Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu (Illustrated General Survey of the Three Countries). Shihei's book was banned by the government in 1792 and practically all copies were destroyed. The maps within the book were preserved and perpetuated in manuscript copies, such as the present. The map delineates the peninsula of Korea and surrounding islands, notably showing Takeshima/Dokdo, whose claim has long been disputed with Japan.