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Auction 182, Lot 688

"[Lot of 2] Iapan I. [and] Iaponia Insula",

Subject: Japan

Period: 1607-09 (circa)


Color: Black & White

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A. Iapan I., by Mercator/Hondius, from Atlas Minor, published 1607 (6.5 x 5.1"). References: Hubbard #14; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8450:351; Walter #OAG 13. Superb small map derived from Hondius' folio map of Japan. It is based on the Ortelius/Teixeira type with Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku depicted with approximately the correct proportions. Kyoto (Meaco) is located in the center, and many other place names are noted. A deftly engraved strapwork title cartouche incorporates a compass rose. Condition: A crisp impression on a bright sheet with an old faded stamp in the bottom right corner of the sheet, well away from map image. (A)

B. Iaponia Insula, by Ortelius/Coignet, from Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum, circa 1609 (4.8 x 3.3"). Charming miniature map of Japan based on Ortelius' seminal map from early Portuguese sources. Title is in block-style cartouche. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Latin text on verso, published in either 1609 or 1612. References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8450:333.; Walter #OAG-9. Condition: On a lightly toned sheet. There is a faded stamp on verso. (B+)



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Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 4/28/2021