Auction 140, Lot 771

"Iaponia", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1613 (published)

Publication: Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 13.3 inches
44.5 x 33.8 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. Latin text on verso.

References: Walter (OAG) #12.

Condition: B+

Original color and wide margins with a small printer's crease adjacent to centerfold. There are some small areas of paper loss in the blank margins that has been closed with tissue on verso.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 5/23/2012