Auction 124, Lot 655

"Japoniae Descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: Japan

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Historiae Universalis Auctorium

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 2.5 inches
10.9 x 6.4 cm

This tiny map is based on the Dudley/Jansson maps of Japan. It is interesting that Bucelin chose this source when the standard Catholic version of Japan was based the Blancus/Moreira cartography. Most of the other maps in the Historiae Universalis were based on Ortelius - making this all the more curious. Kyushu is labeled Zikoko, which was derived from Dutch sources. Korea is labeled as an island. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Historiae Universalis Auctarium. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127; Walter #56 & OAG-29.

Condition: B+

There is some expert paper restoration in the margins and one area inside the map affecting part of the cartouche that is replaced in skilled facsimile. These are indistinguishable except when held up to a strong light.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $220

Closed on 5/7/2008