Auction 135, Lot 653

"Nangasaki appelle par les Chinois Tchangki", Fontaney, Jean de

Subject: Nagasaki, Japan

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Lettres edifiantes et curieuses

Color: Black & White

9.3 x 5.4 inches
23.6 x 13.7 cm

This scarce map is a birds-eye plan of the small town and surrounding vicinity to include two islands and the "Riviere de Nangasaki." The legend names six places keyed to the map. Jean de Fontaney was a Jesuit and a mathematician who was in Southeast Asia and China on several occasions. He did not visit Nagasaki but learned enough from Chinese merchants to create this view. The map shows the Dutch trading post within Nagasaki as Fontaney was unaware it was on an artificial island. He also erroneously shows the Bay of Nagasaki as a river.

References: Walter #94

Condition: B+

Folding as issued. Some light scattered foxing or toning mostly in margins, just a little scattered in map image.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/16/2011