Auction 124, Lot 657

"Vue et Description de la Ville de Meaco Capitale du Japon avec d'Autres Particularitez du Pays", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Japan

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique…

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14.6 inches
48.8 x 37.1 cm

Beautifully engraved and fascinating folio sheet with five views and one plan surrounding a central panel of French text describing Meaco (the home of the Dairi or Spiritual Emperor) and Jedo (the home of the Koubo or Secular Emperor). The plan depicts the Deshima, an artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki where the VOC (Dutch East India Company) was allowed to trade with the representatives of the Shogun in Edo (Tokyo). The panel in the upper left describes the torture and killing of Christians in Japan in a graphic manner.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with attractive later color. There is a light damp stain in the text that has been reinforced with tissue on the verso. The margins have a fold separation and a couple of spots.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/7/2008