Auction 140, Lot 774

"Plan de Jedo…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Tokyo, Japan

Period: 1736 (circa)

Publication: Charlevoix's Histoire et Description Generale du Japon

Color: Hand Color

12.8 x 12.8 inches
32.5 x 32.5 cm

A very detailed and early plan of Tokyo patterned on the Scheuchzer/Kaempfer map of 1702. The grounds surrounding the Edo Palace depict an imaginary, French-style, formal garden. The Nihonbashi (Japan Bridge) is located with the letter B just east of the palace. Floral style title cartouche incorporates the key and scale of miles. Engraved by Guillhaume Dheulland.

References: Walter #90.

Condition: B+

Nice impression. Folding as issued, now pressed with the normal binding trim at left that has been remargined to better accommodate framing, and a 1" binding tear into map at left that has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 5/23/2012