Auction 148, Lot 672

"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin/Van Schley

Subject: Japan

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

12.3 x 8.4 inches
31.2 x 21.3 cm

This is a reduced Dutch version of Bellin's influential map made for Jesuit Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix's Histoire du Japon, published in 1758. Japan is presented 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. Dutch title below the map image. Engraved by J. van Schley.

References: Walter #OAG-107.

Condition: A+

A crisp impression, issued folding and now pressed flat.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/19/2014