Auction 135, Lot 654

"Grundriss von Jedo", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Tokyo, Japan

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Allgemeine Historie der Reisen zur Wasser und zu Lande…

Color: Black & White

Size:
10 x 10 inches
25.4 x 25.4 cm

This detailed plan of Tokyo 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) is located with the letter B just east of the palace. This is a German version with a rectangular title cartouche.

References: cf Walter #90.

Condition: A+

Overall the map is very fine with a sharp impression. Trimmed at binding side, leaving a scant margin at lower left.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/16/2011

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