Auction 144, Lot 241

"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Japan

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

Size:
12.3 x 8.5 inches
31.2 x 21.6 cm

This is a reduced version of Bellin's influential map made for Jesuit Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix's Histoire du Japon. Japan is presented basically on the Kaempfer/Scheuchzer model with several corrections to the coastlines, and individual provinces are delineated via engraved line. The Mer de Coree is shown to the west. The decorative rococo-style title cartouche includes two distance scales. This is the second state that was published in Jean Francois de la Harpe's Abrege de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages and in Cartes des Voyages.

References: Walter OAG #101.

Condition: A

Faint toning along sheet edges and one small spot.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $140

Closed on 4/3/2013

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