A JAPANESE WORLD MAP WOODBLOCK PRINT, SEKAI BANKOKU NIHON YORI KAIJO RISU OJO JIMBUTSU (PICTORIAL MAP OF DISTANCES FROM JAPAN, THE NAMES OF MANY LANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE)
Unknown author and publisher, late Edo period, 1800-1850.
Colour woodblock print, 38.5 cm x 49.2 cm
A rare and beautiful primitive-style Japanese world map with portraits of foreign people including North American, South American, Dutch, Indian, Chinese and Korean. Other figures represent fictional lands such as a country populated only by women, and folklore-inspired depictions of a giant, a cyclops and a lilliput.
A JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT MAP OF NAGASAKI HARBOUR, SHINKAN NAGASAKI NO DZU
Published by Baikodo and dated 1st year of Kyowa (1801)
Black and blue ink on paper, 34 cm x 55 cm
To the right Japanese texts are added. The top line is the title, reading; “distances to main places from Nagasaki”.
Upper part from right to left: Kyoto 210ri, Edo 332ri, Osaka 197ri, Shimonosek 59ri,Bungo Hita 46ri, Higo-Kumamoto 39ri, Satsuma-Kagoshima 65ri, Hiuga-Satohara 71ri. Lower part: Hizen-Saga 29ri, Chikuzen-Fukuoka 50ri, Hirado 32ri, Karatsu 32ri, Kurume 36ri, Yanagawa 32ri, Shimabara 16ri and Omura 10ri. 1ri = 4km.
Underneath in the blue field is written: “New map of Nagasaki”.
A JAPANESE COLOUR WOODBLOCK PRINT, NAGASAKI-É, DEPICTING A DUTCHMAN
Edo period, early 19th century
The standing Dutchman looking through a telescope and a dog at his feet.
H. 44.5 cm x W. 15 cm
The Dutchman most likely is Jan Cock Blomhoff, Opperhoofd in Deshima from 1809 till 1813 and again from 1817 till 1824. In a circle on his hat are written the initials AH or AP upside-down, the meaning of which is unclear.
A JAPANESE COLOUR WOODBLOCK PRINT, NAGASAKI-É, DEPICTING A DUTCH EAST INDIAN SHIP, ORANDA SEN NO ZU, ENTITLED 'SON, MAAN, STERRE.'
Edo period, the original print is probably circa 1782, the present edition is a later smaller copy, perhaps taken from a book
H. 17.5 x W. 15 cm
Above the Dutch words, Son Maan Sterre are the Sino-Japanese equivalents of these words. In the top right-hand corner is a description of the ship, its dimensions and details concerning its equipment and crew. On the top left side is a table of distances in ri from Japan to some nine European and Asian countries including Holland, England, Portugal, Madagascar, Sumatra and Batavia.
YOSHITSUYA UTAGAWA (1822-1866)
A Japanese colour woodblock print, Yokohama-é, depicting a caricature King William III
Published by Ebiya Rinnosuke, circa 1860
This print is from a series of portraits of people of Barbarian Nations, Bankoku jimbutsu zue, added is a satirical poem by Kanasaki Robun (1829-1894): “Even people writing sideways (writing like the movement of a crab) are desirous of the lofty principles of our nation”.
H. 35.6 x W. 24.2 cm
In 1855 King William III of the Netherlands had sent Count Jan Maurits van Lynden to Japan to present the King’s life-size portrait, painted by N. Pieneman, to the Shogun. Together with the
picture the, not so well functioning paddle steamship Soembing was presented by the Dutch to the Japanese; this was the start of the modern Japanese navy (for more information on the Soembing see, Uit Verre Streken June 2019, 50).
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)
A Japanese colour woodblock print, Nagasaki-é, depicting Nagasaki-ya (Nagasaki hotel)
A page from volume 1 of the Ehon Azuma Asobi (Pleasures of the Eastern Capital), designed by Katsushika Hokusai (1760- 1849) and published in Edo in 1802
H. 19.8 cm x W. 15.1 cm
During the Tokugawa dynasty, not only the Japanese feudal lords (daimyô) but also the Dutch were obliged to travel annually to the court in Edo (Edo sanpu) in order to prove their loyalty to the shôgun and of course to present gifts. During their stay in Edo, the Dutch were accommodated in the “Nagasaki hotel” where the red-heads were gaped at during the day by inquisitive passers-by. After sunset, they were secretly visited by Japanese intellectuals and scientists who until late in the night availed themselves of the opportunity to expand their knowledge on western sciences. Scientists like von Siebold, who had taken part in the court journey in 1826, was among those who contributed a great deal to this knowledge of the Japanese.
A JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT NAGASAKI-É, DEPICTING DRUNK DUTCHMEN
Early 19th century
Inscribed, Afteeken van vrolijkhijd der Hollanders
H. 22.4 cm x W. 29.5 cm
The Japanese text reads ‘scenery of Dutchmen enjoying a pleasant time’.
HISHU NAGASAKI DZU, A JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT OF NAGASAKI HARBOUR
Published by Bunkindõ han and dated 2nd year of Kyowa (1802)
H. 61.2 x W. 86.9 cm
The map shows Deshima Island with the Dutch trading post and under it the island where the Chinese had their trading post in the harbour of Nagasaki. In the text are mentioned the distances from Nagasaki to various places in Japan, such as Kyoto, Osaka and Edo over land and by sea.
A JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT DEPICTING A HOLLANDSCH GROOT SCHIP (LARGE DUTCH SHIP)
Published by Bunsai Han, Nagasaki, early 19th century
15.5 x 43 cm
The two Dutch ships greet each other with gunfire. The characteristics of the ship, with special mention of red and white banners going up in one movement, are described in the text on the right.
A JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT OF THE DUTCH SETTLEMENT AT DESHIMA (DESHIMA ORANDA YASHIKI KEI)
Toshimaya Bunjiuemon, Nagasaki, 1780
A later impression.
43.5 x 60.8 cm
Sieboldhuis, Japanmuseum in Leiden, Netsuke, Dutchmen in miniature from the Coen Hille collection, 1 March - 2 June 2013
The Toshimaya family came from Edo and established a trading firm in Nagasaki. In the generation of Bunjiuemon, the firm began to publish Nagasaki prints and in 1780 it printed this map of Deshima. Bunjiuemon’s son Denkichi flourished in the publishing business and changed the name of the firm from Toshimaya to Tomishimaya before his death in 1797. This is a rare Tomishimaya print of Deshima.