Auction 169, Lot 684

"Terre de Iesso", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: Japan

Period: 1684 (circa)

Publication: Beschreibung des Ganzen Welt-Kreisses...

Color: Hand Color

4.1 x 5.8 inches
10.4 x 14.7 cm

This fine miniature map covers 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.

References: Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET I B; Walter #112.

Condition: A

Minor soiling confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 9/12/2018