North America - Canada

Asian Library, University of British Columbia -- Phase 2 --


Library Home Page: Asian Library


Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada


Shirin Eshghi
Japanese Language Librarian, Asian Library
Phone: 604-822-0960
Fax: 604-822-0650

Size of collection

Single-Sheet Items: 934 map sheets

Collection description

Rare Books and Special Collections in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has the world renowned Beans Collection, which consists of ca. 934 titles of woodblock or hand-painted maps of Japan and the world, produced during the Edo period (1600-1868).

Access to bibliographic data

A)Online catalogues
Digital Collection: Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era

B)Printed Catalogs
Beans, George Harry. List of Japanese maps of the Tokugawa era.
Jenkintown, Pa.: Tall Tree Library Press, 1951-1963.

How can researchers gain access to the material?

Available for research in the Library. All materials have been digitized and are freely accessible online:

Is reproduction of the material permitted ?

Digital files of maps are available for a fee.