Auction 134, Lot 655

"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Japan

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: L'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

12.3 x 8.5 inches
31.2 x 21.6 cm

This is a reduced version of Bellin's influential map made for Jesuit Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix's Histoire du Japon. Japan is presented basically on the Kaempfer/Scheuchzer model with several corrections to the coastlines. Individual provinces are delineated via engraved line. First state with "No. 5. Tome X. Page 484" at lower right. Decorative rococo-style title cartouche includes two distance scales.

References: Walter OAG-101.

Condition: A

Very nice near fine example less some light offsetting.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $135

Closed on 12/1/2010