Auction 154, Lot 657

"Particuliere Kaart van de Reys te Land van Fammamatz, tot aan Farra", Kaempfer/Scheuchzer

Subject: Southern Japan

Period: 1732 (circa)

Publication: De Beschryving van Japan

Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 12.1 inches
37.3 x 30.7 cm

Kaempfer (1651-1716) was a German physician in the service of the Dutch East India Company. He lived in Nagasaki between September 1690 and October 1692. He twice accompanied the chief of the factory at Deshima on his embassy to Tokyo (Edo). While in Nagasaki he conducted an intense study of Japanese history, geography, customs, and flora. Leaving Japan in November 1692 he arrived in Amsterdam in October of 1693. This map was prepared by Johann Caspar Scheuchzer from the maps brought back from Japan by Engelbert Kaempfer, and was published in a Dutch edition of Kaempfer's "History of Japan."

This map depicts one section of the route from Nagasaki to Tokyo, which was undertaken annually by Dutch traders. It covers from Hamamatsu through Shizuoka and on to Numazu. After the Dutch trading post was transferred to the island of Dejima in Nagasaki harbor, the yearly journey to court was the only opportunity for foreigners to travel in Japan - only along this specific route and under strict surveillance.

References: Walter #104F.

Condition: B+

A nice impression and attractive color with a few faint spots and four small worm holes in unengraved areas of the image that have all been professionally infilled.

Estimate: $240 - $300


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