Auction 149, Lot 646

"Nova et Accurata Iaponiae Terrae Esonis, ac Insularum Adjacentium ex Novissima Detectione Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1644 (circa)

Publication: Nieuwen Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

21.9 x 17.9 inches
55.6 x 45.5 cm

This superb folio map is very unusual because it is based on Jansson's small map (Iaponia et Terra Eso) from his Atlas Minor, rather than the other way around. It presents Japan on the model initiated by Dudley and then refined by Jansson with information from previously unpublished Dutch sources. The important Dutch discoveries of Marten De Vries relating to Ezo and the Kurils are shown as a huge Landt van Eso, Staten Eylant and Compagnies Land, misrepresentations that would appear on maps of the region for the next 150 years. Korea is shown as a large island with a single place name, Tauxem, at the approximate location of modern P'yongyang. Blank verso, published between 1644-58.

References: Cortazzi pl. 70; Walter #57 & OAG-30; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8450:1B.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with a couple of printer's creases along the centerfold and light but slightly uneven toning. The map is backed with Japanese tissue, repairing the lower centerfold.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000


Closed on 5/21/2014