"Carta dell' Impero del Giappone", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1755 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
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 map was published in an Italian edition of Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages.
References: Walter OAG #105.
Issued folding, now flattened on watermarked paper with a few faint spots along the right fold.