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Auction 133, Lot 623

"Plan de Jedo", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Tokyo, Japan

Period: 1736 (circa)

Publication: Charlevois' Historie et Description Generale du Japon

Color: Black & White

9.7 x 9.7 inches
24.6 x 24.6 cm
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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. Decorative title cartouche.

References: cf. Walter #90.

Condition: A

Dark, early impression with just a hint of offsetting, else fine.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/1/2010