1756. Item #90858
Shonin Ichidai Dōchūzu (Zen) 諸人一代道中図 (全) [Map].  Hōreki 6 February 宝暦6年2月 子 [zodiacal year of the rat].Nomura Bunshodo 野村文焼堂, publisher. 20.8 x 13.7cm when folded in booklet form and 61.5 x 53.5cm when opened. Original woodblock print map in color with colophon and Japanese text. Printed title on centered title slip on front wrapper. Original woodblock with color stencil printing. This map falls into the category of Dōchūzu 道中図 or loosely rendered pictorial maps of a land or sea route that were commonly produced in the Edo Period. It had the purpose of a modern road map and a tourist brochure together in one. At certain points in Japanese history the maps also appear to have taken on religious significance as Buddhist pilgrimage routes, combining a physical journey with a spiritual one.
This particular Dōchūzu publication is mentioned in the paper entitled “Iwayuru ‘Jinseidōchūzu’ to sono Henyō” 所謂「人生道中図とその変容] ( “Jinseidōchūzu and its Transformation”) by Agio Naoko 腺尾尚子 accessed online April 11, 2021 https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/235264628.pdf pp. 191-3, 204-7, from the proceedings of the International Conference on Japanese Literature (24) pp.189-213 (2001-03-01)
According to the author’s research, the publisher is the Osaka bookshop Nomura Bunshodo 野村文焼堂, which was a well-known map publisher, and which is the same as the established publisher Fujiya Chōbē 富士屋長兵衛. The Osaka Shuppan Shoseki Mokuroku (Osaka Publishing Records Index) show that, in February of Hōreki 6  宝暦6年2月, Fujiya Chōbē 富士屋長兵衛 published the map Ningen Isshō Dōchūzu 人間一生道中図, the title of which was later changed to Shonin Ichidai Dōchūzu 諸人一代道中図 and reissued in March of the same year with a colophon. After this, it seems to have reverted back to the original title of Ningen Isshō Dōchūzu 人間一生道中図. Our map is unusual in that it has the date  Hōreki 6 February 宝暦6年2月 子 [zodiacal year of the rat] with the title Shonin Ichidai Dōchūzu (Zen) 諸人一代道中図 (全).
From the Roger Keyes collection. Worming with holes on map, wear to wrappers with chipping, staining and worming. Has the remains of the original title slip augmented with brush.