Auction 169, Lot 685

"Carte de l'Empire du Japon", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Japan

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.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a watermarked sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/12/2018