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Auction 183, Lot 482

"Carte de l'Empire du Japon pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Japan

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
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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.

Condition: A

Faint offsetting with some light spots almost entirely confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/9/2021