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懐中艸帋 [Kaichū sōshi]. Pocket Story Book Containing a Manuscript Map of the World Rendered in Ink.
Delicately rendered in ink this Japanese map of the world was most likely copied from a late Edo geography book. The map title is "Bankoku ryakuzu 萬國略図 [Sketch map of the world]. The map showing the world in two hemispheres is laid down and set across two pages. There is some insect damage with loss in the north Pacific region and Europe but it is still a charming map. Approximately 13 x 23.5cm. Map has been laid down on one of the final leaves of a small manuscript book which contains transcriptions from three history books: Zenzen taiheiki 前々太平記, Hōjō kyūdai-ki 北条九代記, and Naniwa senki 難波戦記. Manuscript was written by Murashige 邑重 in Tempō 4 (1833). This manuscript includes a lineage chart of the early Chinese kings and a transcription of an astronomical and geographical description of the earth. The three historical pieces included in this volume are: Zenzen taiheiki, a collection of historical stories, which took place during the reign of Emperor Shōmu through to the reign of Emperor Daigo (from 724 to 930), written by Hirazumi Sen'an 平住專安 (?-1734) and published in 1715. The transcriptions from Zenzen taiheiki include the legend of Urashima who went to the Palace of the Dragon King under the sea, the story of Buddhist priest Kūkai, and the incident of the invasion of Tsushima by Silla Fleet from Korea in 894. In this particular story, the invading force is not just Silla, but a combined force of Silla and Mongol. Hōjō kyūdai-ki [History of the Nine Generations of the Hōjō Family] is a chronicle of the Kamakura Government and it was written around 1331 [published in 1675]. The transcription is from chapter 11: "Mongol invasion and Divine Wind [Kamikaze] destroying the enemy ships". Naniwa senki [Battle of Osaka] is a popular story recounting the battle between the Tokugawa and Toyotomi forces in 1614 and in 1615. The transcription is from chapter 30: "Teaching of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the time of peace". .
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