"L'Empire du Japon, Divise en Sept Principales Parties, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles
Subject: Japan & Korea
Period: 1750 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
21.1 x 18.9 inches
53.6 x 48 cm
Large, finely engraved map of Japan with a distinctively French style title cartouche containing two small landscapes. The map draws heavily on the previous work of Bellin, but includes a number of improvements to Terre d'Yedso (Hokkaido) similar to the manuscripts of Engelbert Kaempfer. The fictitious island of Matsumae is removed and now Matsaki is shown as a part of Yedso. The provinces are clearly outlined and there are many place names. The eastern part of the Korean peninsula is also shown with a good amount of detail. The sea between Korea and Japan is named both the Mer de Coree and the Mer du Japon reflecting a compromise to the long-standing dispute over the name of this sea. This great map was to influence the cartography of Japan into the 19th century. This is the second state with a border around the distance scales, published circa 1753.
References: Hubbard #101; Walter #86, OAG #100; Pedley #410.
Original outline color on watermarked paper with scattered foxing and an archivally repaired tear than enters 0.5" into map at bottom.