"Carte de l'Empire du Japon pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1752 (dated)
Publication: La Harpe's Abrege de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
12.3 x 8.4 inches
31.2 x 21.3 cm
This is a 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, with a different page number below the map.
References: Hubbard #104.2; Walter OAG #101.
A crisp impression, issued folding on a bright sheet of watermarked paper with a hint of offsetting and light toning along the edges of the sheet.