Auction 125, Lot 773

"Plan de Jedo", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Tokyo, Japan

Period: 1736 (circa)

Publication: Charlevoix's Histoire et Description Generale du Japon

Color: Black & White

12.7 x 12.7 inches
32.3 x 32.3 cm

A very detailed and early plan of Tokyo patterned on the Scheuchzer/Kaempfer map of 1702. The grounds surrounding the Edo Palace depict an imaginary, French-style, formal garden. The Nihonbashi (Japan Bridge) is located with the letter B just east of the palace. Floral style title cartouche incorporates the key and scale of miles. Engraved by Guillhaume Dheulland.

References: Walter #90.

Condition: B+

Beautiful very dark impression. Folding as issued with the normal binding trim and a tiny binding tear just into neatline at right.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/24/2008