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Auction 130, Lot 727

"Regni Japoniae Nova Mappa Geographica, ex indigenarum observationibus delineata ab Engelberto Kaempfero…", Seutter/Lotter

Subject: Japan

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 19 inches
56.6 x 48.3 cm
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This beautifully engraved and colored map owes its cartography to Kaempfer's map from his important History of Japan (Walter #77), which in turn was based on his travels in the late 17th century and his manuscript map, drawn sometime prior to 1716. The map presents a distorted outline for the Island of Japan with numerous political divisions delineated and named. Below the map are numerous Japanese symbols including those of the army of Japan's "Prince". The entire upper left quadrant is filled with a spectacular title cartouche showing a court scene with visiting Europeans, a map and other attendants. Engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter and published from Augsburg.

References: Walter #80.

Condition: B+

This is a beautiful map that would be considered fine except for the toning along centerfold and light water stain in lower blank margin. Strong, early impression, great color and full margins on thick paper.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,750

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/2/2009