Auction 139, Lot 636

"Iapan I.", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Japan

Period: 1610 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

6.5 x 5 inches
16.5 x 12.7 cm

Superb small map derived from Hondius' folio map of Japan. It is based on the Ortelius/Teixeira type with Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku depicted with approximately the correct proportions. Kyoto (Meaco) is located in the center, and many other place names are noted. A deftly engraved strapwork title cartouche incorporates a compass rose. Latin text on verso.

References: Walter #OAG 13.

Condition: A

Marginal soiling. Manuscript page number and cardinal directions in blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/15/2012