Auction 127, Lot 722

"Plan de Jedo", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Tokyo, Japan

Period: 1752 (circa)

Publication: Prevost's Historie Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

9.7 x 9.7 inches
24.6 x 24.6 cm

A very detailed and early plan of Tokyo. It is 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), marked with a B, is shown east of the palace. This version has a decorative, rectangular shaped title cartouche. "No. 7, Tome X. Pag. 522" at lower right beneath border.

References: cf Walter #90.

Condition: A

Folding as issued. Fine dark impression and full margins. A trace of offsetting visible at upper left, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $250 - $350


Closed on 2/25/2009