Auction 139, Lot 639

"Vue et Description de la Ville de Meaco Capitale du Japon…", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Japan

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique…

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 15.2 inches
49.5 x 38.6 cm

Beautifully engraved and fascinating folio sheet with five views and one plan surrounding a central panel of French text describing Meaco (the home of the Dairi or Spiritual Emperor) and Jedo (the home of the Koubo or Secular Emperor). The plan depicts the Deshima, an artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki where the VOC (Dutch East India Company) was allowed to trade with the representatives of the Shogun in Edo (Tokyo). The panel in the upper left describes the torture and killing of Christians in Japan in a rather graphic fashion.


Condition: A

A dark impression with marginal soiling and two minute tears in lower-blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $450


Closed on 2/15/2012