Auction 134, Lot 653

"Particuliere Reyskaart over Land strekkende van Osaka, tot Miaco, de Zetel van den Geestelyken Keyzer van Japan, en van daar tot Jokaits…", Kaempfer, Engelbert

Subject: Japan

Period: 1729 (circa)

Publication: De Beschryving van Japan

Color: Hand Color

14.6 x 11.8 inches
37.1 x 30 cm

This map depicts one section of the route from Nagasaki to Tokyo, which was undertaken annually by Dutch traders. It covers from Osaka through Kyoto and on to Yokkaichi. After the Dutch trading post was transferred to the island of Dejima in Nagasaki harbor, the yearly journey to court was the only opportunity for foreigners to travel in Japan - only along this specific route and under strict surveillance. Engelbert Kaempfer, the Dutch trading-post physician in Nagasaki, made the journey twice. His comprehensive account of the history of Japan, and particularly his route maps, were enormously influential as they were based on first-hand observations and secretly obtained measurements.

References: Walter #104D.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/1/2010