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Auction 124, Lot 656

"Iapon or Niphon, The Land of Iesso and Straits of the Vries &c.", Moll, Herman

Subject: Japan

Period: 1712 (published)

Publication: Atlas geographus, or a Compleat System of Geography

Color: Black & White

7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm
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This small, uncommon map of Japan drawn on the Blaeu/Martini model depicts a compact Honshu. The Land of Iesso is joined with the mainland and a faintly engraved coastline indicates that the region is unexplored. Korea is also merged with the Asian continent, so that it does not even appear to be a peninsula. The Sea of Corea includes a note that pearl fishing is done in all the small rivers entering the sea. An inset of the Ladrone Islands fills the region to the east of Companys Land.

References: Walter #42 & OAG66.

Condition: B+

Printed on thin paper with a narrow (1/8") bottom margin. There is some faint toning.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/7/2008