"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1764 (published)
Publication: Le Petit Atlas Maritime
Color: Hand Color
12.1 x 8.3 inches
30.7 x 21.1 cm
This is a re-engraving of the reduced version of Bellin's influential map made for Jesuit Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix's Histoire du Japon. Japan is presented basically on the Kaempfer/Scheuchzer model with several corrections to the coastlines, and individual provinces are delineated via engraved line. The Mer de Coree is shown to the west. The decorative rococo-style title cartouche includes two distance scales. This is the second state of this re-engraving, with Tome III. No. 62 above the neatline at right.
References: Hubbard #109; Walter OAG #105.
A nice impression on a watermarked sheet.