Auction 168, Lot 637

"Plan du Port et de la Ville de Nangasaki", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Nagasaki, Japan

Period: 1763 (circa)

Publication: Petit Atlas Francois

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 7.7 inches
33.8 x 19.6 cm

Bellin's smaller version of this great plan of Nagasaki. The map is oriented to the southwest with a bold compass rose. The map locates the principal points of interest and major buildings. The Desima is central to the map. This artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki was where the VOC (Dutch East India Company) were allowed to trade with the representatives of the Shogun in Edo. Locates a large Temple complex at the end of the bay. The decorative title cartouche incorporates the key to locations. Engraved by Dheulland.

References: Walter #101.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with very light toning, a hint of offsetting, and faint, scattered foxing.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 6/6/2018