"Iaponia Insula", Ortelius/Coignet
Period: 1601 (published)
Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
4.9 x 3.4 inches
12.4 x 8.6 cm
Charming miniature map of Japan based on Ortelius' seminal map from early Portuguese sources. Title is in block-style cartouche. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Latin text on verso.
References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8450:333.; Walter #OAG-9.
A nice impression with attractive color. There is a damp stain at top right, confined to the blank margin, with a resulting chip that has been professionally repaired.