Auction 136, Lot 697

"L'Empire du Japon, Divise en Sept Principales Parties, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles

Subject: Japan and Korea

Period: 1750 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.2 x 19 inches
53.8 x 48.3 cm

Large, finely engraved map of Japan with a distinctively French style title cartouche containing two small landscapes. The map draws heavily on the previous work of Bellin, but includes a number of improvements to Terre d'Yedso (Hokkaido) similar to the manuscripts of Engelbert Kaempfer. The fictitious island of Matsumae is removed and now Matsaki is shown as a part of Yedso. The provinces are clearly outlined and there are many place names. The eastern part of the Korean peninsula is also shown with a good amount of detail. The sea between Korea and Japan is named both the Mer de Coree and the Mer du Japon reflecting a compromise to the long-standing dispute over the name of this sea. This great map was to influence the cartography of Japan into the 19th century.

References: Walter #86, OAG #100; Pedley #410.

Condition: A

Wide margins with printer's crease along centerfold at bottom. Small chip in upper-left, far from map image.

Estimate: $650 - $800

Unsold

Closed on 6/1/2011

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