MAP OF SINGAPORE CITY / SHINGAPORU SHIGAI CHIZU / MALAY PENINSULA TRAVEL MAP / MARE HONTO RYOKO ANNAI CHIZU (SINGAPORE 1938)

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Map of Singapore City / Shingaporu shigai chizu / Malay Peninsula Travel Map / Mare Honto ryoko annai chizu (Singapore 1938)

Multicolor lithograph.. 1938.
Image size 26 3/4 x 19" (67.8 x 48.3 cm) plus margins.
Good condition. Some wear along fold lines.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93411
Price: $650.00
Publisher : Published by the Singapore Japanese Club.
This is a first edition of a rare double-sided map printed in Japan and published for the members of the Singapore Japanese Club before World War II. The club also published a later edition in 1942, after Singapore’s fall to Japanese forces. Established in 1915, the club provided services and a gathering place for Japanese people living in Singapore.

One side of the map provides a detailed street map of downtown Singapore City, labeling roads, forts, parks, hospitals, and other major institutions. The coastal area is similarly detailed, including names of docks, piers, ports, and wharfs, as well as social institutions such as a swimming club and yacht club. An inset on this side includes the names and addresses of businesses in Chinese and Japanese, with the street names given in English.

The map’s other side depicts the Malay Peninsula, from Kedah south to Johore. It charts topographical features such as rivers, mountainous terrain, and mountain elevations. Also marked are key travel and communication channels running throughout the peninsula, and shipping lines in the surrounding seas. Inset keys provide the locations of sets of landmarks, and the distances between key cities on the map. Additionally, a large inset on this side labeled “Singapore 1938” illustrates the entire island, labeling regions, bodies of water, and major roads, including a faraway view of the downtown area that is detailed on the map’s other side.

This map is extremely rare; there are only three examples in institutional collections. It provides an interesting Japanese perspective on Singapore at a time when the island was a major British military stronghold – and only a few years before its fall in the Battle of Singapore.

This particular map also contains some handwritten notes in Japanese, which point out specific places in Singapore on both sides of the map.

Retains original paper envelope with stamp.
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