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SADO BUN-KAI.
SADO IKKOKU SAN SUI GA: BIRD'S EYE PANORAMIC MAP OF THE MOUNTAINS AND WATERS OF
Tokyo 1830, Egawa Sentaro [carver]. Single sheet woodblock- printed map, 48 x 33.5 cm., very good, two cinnabar collect- or's seals Kurita Genji + another ulnread, surface a bit old dusty, seven small old mended worm holes, else a solid copy. This is a lovely, charming and complete "birds's eye view" perspective of Sado Island. This is the only map published during the Edo period of Sado Island, located off the coast of Echigo province. Sado island was known for both its large gold reserves and prison-labor gold mines and as an island for criminals & political exiles from the mainland. <br> A fascinating experiment with sociology, Sado Island was the traditional place for banishment of political opponents as well as convicted criminals during the Tokugawa period. These banished people were sent to live on Sado in a "free" society, however, return was never possible. All persons sent there were given a small pittance of money and were then banished for life. Both men, women and children were sent to Sado, where an alternative society continued. Many of these unfortunates worked as slave-like labor in the harsh and brutal gold mines. <br> This excellent map, was drawn in a bird's-eye view type of unique Japanese perspective and shows the whole island in much and fine detail. Citing the names of all mountains, towns, villages, bays, harbors, urban and suburban areas named. A large number of fishing and other vessels are at anchor in the various small harbors & bays. At the center and is the highest mountain peak called "Kinbei Zan" or "Northern Gold Mountain," the cite of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB [Aptos, CA, U.S.A.]
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