"Iapan I.", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1635 (circa)
Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
6.6 x 5.1 inches
16.8 x 13 cm
Superb small map derived from Hondius' folio map of Japan. It is based on the Ortelius/Teixeira type with Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku depicted with approximately the correct proportions. Kyoto (Meaco) is located in the center, and many other place names are noted. A deftly engraved strapwork title cartouche incorporates a compass rose. From the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. English text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8450:351; Walter #OAG 13.
A crisp impression with minor show-through of text on verso and light toning along the edges of the sheet.