Auction 125, Lot 770

"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: Hand Color

7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm

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, OAG #66.

Condition: A

The narrow bottom margin has been extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $800 - $900


Closed on 9/24/2008