Geographical names on early modern Western maps of Japan

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Wolfgang Michel: Geographical names on early modern Western maps of Japan. In: Jason Hubbard, Japoniae insulae. The mapping of Japan, pp. 106-125

Jason Hubbard, Japoniae insulae. The mapping of Japan. A historical introduction and cartobibliography of European Printed Maps of Japan before 1800. Houten: Hees & de Graaf Publishers, 2012 (Utrecht Studies in Map History 14). ISBN: 9789061945314
Size: 32 x 24 cm. With 374 full colour illustrations. 444 pp.


From the Publishers' Website:

The Mapping of Japan systematically categorizes and provides an overview of all the European printed maps of Japan published to 1800. The author has undertaken a review of the literature, conducted an exhaustive investigation in major libraries and private collections, analyzed these findings and then compiled information on 125 maps of Japan. The introduction contains information about the mapping to 1800, the typology of Japan by western cartographers, an overview on geographical names on early modern western maps of Japan and a presentation of the major cartographic models developed for this book.

This is the fourteenth volume in the Utrecht Studies on the History of Cartography. This series is prepared under the direction of the Research Program URU-Explokart of the University Utrecht. It is aimed at both researchers and laymen with an interest in these matters.


Content of Michel's contribution:
Modern Romanisation 106-108
Processing Japanese sounds 108-109
Some features of early modern Japanese 109-110
Portugiese transliterations of Japanese 110-111
Dutch approaches 111-112
Engelbert Kaempfer's spellings 113-114
'Translating transliterations' 115
Copying errors 115
Short-lived and new designations 116-117
Chinese characters on Western maps 117-120
Old Western maps and present day disputes 120-124
Information and interest 124-125



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