The “Dog Kennel Depicted Map”

[Revised Map of Edo, Depicted].

Drawn by Ochikochi Dōin 遠近道印. Woodcut-printed map of Edo, on paper, with fine cont. highlighting in color, 1855 x 1690 mm., orig. blue board covers, decorated in gold depicting flowers & plants, manuscript title slip on upper cover. [Edo]: Itaya Yahei 板屋彌兵衞, 1698.

By the late 17th century, Edo was en route to becoming the biggest city in the world, with a population of over one million residents. As the city grew and at the same time suffered from frequent fires, there was constant rebuilding and dramatic changes to the layout of Edo.

It was during this time that Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (1646-1709), served as shogun from 1680 until his death. A lover of animals, he is best known for instituting animal protection laws, particularly for dogs. This created a tremendous surge in the number of dogs in Edo, many of them diseased and stray, which caused the city to smell horribly from dog feces. To combat the problem, vast kennels (Nakano goyo oyashiki) were created in 1695 in the then-suburban Nakano section of Tokyo in the north.

To reflect the many changes to the city, beginning in the middle of the 17th century a series of maps was issued under the generic name “Edo ōezu” by a number of competing publishing houses. One of these map series, the “Kaisen Edo ōezu,” was drawn by the surveyor Hanchi Fujii 藤井半知 (active in the second half of the 17th century), using the pseudonym Ochikochi Dōin. His map of Edo, first published in 1687, was known for its accuracy. It went through a number of printings and revisions and shows land tenures of daimyo and hatamoto.

Our very rare edition of 1698 is famous, known as the “Dog Kennel Depicted Map” [Inugoya eiri 犬小屋絵入]. It, and its earlier, 1696 printing, depict for the first time these kennels (with tiny pictures of dogs).

As mentioned above, the map has been delicately highlighted in yellow and orange.

In fine condition, preserved in a chitsu. Minor dustiness in some folds and one stain in blank extremity.

Price: $17,500.00

Item ID: 10191