Auction 120, Lot 738

"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Japan

Period: 1752 (circa)

Publication: L'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 8.5 inches
31.2 x 21.6 cm

This is a reduced version of Bellin's influential map made for Jesuit Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix's Histoire du Japon. Japan is presented basically on the Kaempfer/Scheuchzer model with several corrections to the coastlines. First state with "No. 5. Tome X. in 40. Page 484." Decorative title cartouche.

References: Walter OAG #101

Condition: A+

Original margins, crisp impression on bright paper. A superb example whose only flaw is a very thin printer's crease by the cartouche.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 7/18/2007