Auction 156, Lot 671

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

Subject: Japan

Period: 1752 (dated)

Publication: Abrege de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

Size:
12.3 x 8.4 inches
31.2 x 21.3 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.

References: Walter OAG #101.

Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with faint offsetting and two small spots at bottom, one of which has left a minuscule hole in the lower right corner of the map image. Light toning along sheet edges.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/17/2016

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