"Iapan I.", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1610 (published)
Publication: Atlas Minor
Color: Hand Color
6.5 x 5 inches
16.5 x 12.7 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. Latin text on verso.
References: Hubbard #14; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8450:351; Walter #OAG 13.
A nice impression with a hint of toning.