"Terre de Iesso", Mallet, Alain Manesson
Period: 1683 (circa)
Publication: Description de l'Univers
Color: Black & White
4.3 x 5.8 inches
10.9 x 14.7 cm
A fine miniature map of the northern part of Japan depicting the Dutch discoveries of Maerten Gerritsz de Vries in 1643. It is the first European printed map that is exclusively devoted to Ezo. Kunashiri is depicted here as the continuation of the Nemuro Peninsula. Etorofu is referred to as Terre des Etats, and the western side of Urup as Terre de la Compagnie. The Detroit d'Vries and Detroit de Sungar are also named. The depiction of the northern tip of Honshu is a striking deviation from Mallet's map of Japan that was issued in the same atlas. Five sailing ships decorate the map. French text on verso.
References: Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET 1 A ; Walter #112.
A dark impression with an edge tear at left that just touches the neatline and is closed on verso with tape. There is minor tape staining on recto.