Auction 112, Lot 649

"Iaponia", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Japan

Period: 1606 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 13.5 inches
44.5 x 34.3 cm

Superb map of Japan based on the Ortelius/Teixeira model with Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku depicted with approximately the correct proportions. Korea is shown as an island, although Hondius added a notation to the effect that is was uncertain if the region was an island or a peninsula. The map is richly ornamented with two strapwork cartouches, a European and Japanese ship, and a sea monster. Hondius engraved this map for inclusion in his edition of Mercator's Atlas after he acquired Mercator's plates. It appeared in the editions from 1606 to 1636. Latin text on verso.

References: Walter #OAG-12.

Condition: A+

Tiny professional repair on bottom fold, well away from map.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $3,500

Closed on 9/28/2005