Auction 113, Lot 728

"L'Empire du Japon, Divise en Sept Principales Parties, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles

Subject: Japan and Korea

Period: 1750 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

21 x 18.8 inches
53.3 x 47.8 cm

Large, finely engraved map of Japan with a distinctively French style title cartouche containing two small landscapes. The map draws heavily on the previous work of Bellin, but includes a number of improvements to Terre d'Yedso (Hokkaido) similar to the manuscripts of Engelbert Kaempfer. The fictitious island of Matsumae is removed and now Matsaki is shown as a part of Yedso. The provinces are clearly outlined and there are many place names. The eastern part of the Korean peninsula is also shown with a good amount of detail. This great map was to influence the cartography of Japan into the 19th century.

References: Walter #86, OAG #100; Pedley #410.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and original color on sturdy paper with very wide original margins. Overall fine with a couple of faint spots.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 12/7/2005