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Auction 138, Lot 772

"Iaponia", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 13.5 inches
44.5 x 34.3 cm

Superb map of Japan based on the Ortelius/Teixeira model with Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku depicted with approximately the correct proportions. Korea is shown as an island, although Hondius added a notation to the effect that is was uncertain if the region was an island or a peninsula. The map is richly ornamented with two strapwork cartouches, a European and Japanese ship, and a sea monster. Hondius engraved this map for inclusion in his edition of Mercator's atlas after he acquired Mercator's plates. It appeared in the editions of Atlas Sive Cosmographia from 1606 to 1636. French text on verso.

References: Walter (OAG) #12.

Condition: A

Wide margins with short centerfold separations at top and bottom, far from map image, and a hint of toning. There is light soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300


Closed on 12/7/2011