"Vue et Description de la Ville de Meaco Capitale du Japon avec d'Autres Particularitez du Pays", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Period: 1705 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique…
Color: Hand Color
19.2 x 15 inches
48.8 x 38.1 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 rather graphic fashion.
A truly fine example with dark, early impression, beautiful full hand coloring, and wide margins.