"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1752 (dated)
Publication: Abrege de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Black & White
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.
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.