Catalog Archive
Auction 172, Lot 647

"Nova et Accurata Iaponiae Terrae Esonis, ac Insularum Adjacentium. Ex Novissima Detectione Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1644 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 17.9 inches
55.4 x 45.5 cm
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This superb folio map is very unusual because it is based on Jansson's small map (Iaponia et Terra Eso) from his Atlas Minor, rather than the other way around. It presents Japan on the model initiated by Dudley and then refined by Jansson with information from previously unpublished Dutch sources. The important Dutch discoveries of Marten De Vries relating to Ezo and the Kurils are shown as a huge Landt van Eso, Staten Eylant, and Compagnies Land, misrepresentations that would appear on maps of the region for the next 150 years. Korea is shown as a large island with a single place name, Tauxem, at the approximate location of modern P'yongyang. There are two decorative cartouches, one at top explaining the projection of the map and one at bottom right featuring the title surrounded by Japanese gentlemen. Four sailing ships and a sea monster fill the waters. Blank verso, published between 1644-58.

References: Hubbard #30; Walter #57 & OAG-30; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8450:1B.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with light soiling and faint show-through from manuscript ink on verso. The centerfold has been backed in linen on verso, closing short separations at top and bottom.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 4/17/2019