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Auction 130, Lot 864

"[Japanese Woodblock Atlas of Europe]", Anon.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1874 (dated)


Color: Black & White

7 x 9.5 inches
17.8 x 24.1 cm
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This great book contains many views and a few maps with Japanese calligraphy filling all other pages. The full page maps include Italy, Central Europe, Switzerland, Greece and the Balkans, and Russia & Scandinavia east to the Urals and south the Black and Caspian seas. The 24 views include Constantinople, Venice, a view of a lake that resembles Lake Constance, a fine view of a large Mosque, an erupting volcano, and several more of various cities, scenes, and people in costume. All pages are on fine mulberry paper. Many of the plates appear to be printed by intaglio rather than wood block: they are very precise and the lines do not merge together as is characteristic of relief methods. Softbound in black paper, 148pp, five maps, 24 views. Original paper labels on front cover and calligraphy on top foredge. A complete and very uncommon Japanese atlas or book of plates.


Condition: A+

Pages are fine with bright paper and fine impression. Original black paper covers stitched together with blue thread, probably later.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/2/2009