Auction 125, Lot 771

"[Lot of 5 - Japan]", Kaempfer, Engelbert

Subject: Japan

Period: 1729 (circa)

Publication: De Beschryving van Japan

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 11.5 inches
36.8 x 29.2 cm

This group of maps describe part of the route from the Desima trading post at Nagasaki to the shogun in Edo. This journey was embarked upon once a year by the ambassadors of the Dutch East India Company, and was the only opportunity for foreigners to travel in Japan during this period. This group contains five of the seven maps in the series (lacking the first two maps).

1) Particuliere Reis Kaart van Japan strekkende van Khurissima tot Osaka shows the sea route from Kurishima to Osaka.
2) Particuliere Reys Kaart over Land Strekkende van Osaka, tot Miaco, de Zetel van den Geestelyken Keyzer van Japan, en van daar tot Jokaits delineates the land route from Osaka via Miyako (Kyoto) to Yokkaichi.
3) Particuliere Reis Kaart te Land Strekkende van Jokaitz tot aan het Dorp Fammamatz depicts the land route from Yokkaichi to Hamamatsu.
4) Particuliere Kaart van de Reys to Land van Fammamatz tot aan Farra shows the land route from Jananatsu to Hara with Mt. Fuji prominently depicted.
5) Particuliere Kaart van de Reys te Land van Farra tot Jedo traces the final leg of the trip from Hara to Edo (Tokyo).

References: Walter #104.

Condition: B+

All very nice impressions and lovely color with some repaired worming along centerfolds that is not distracting.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500


Closed on 9/24/2008