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Auction 189, Lot 601

"L'Empire du Japon Divise en Sept Principales Parties, Savoir, Ochio, Quanto, Jetsegen, Jetsen, Jamaisoit, Xicoco et Ximo, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy/Santini

Subject: Japan & Korea

Period: 1778 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel...

Color: Hand Color

21.1 x 18.5 inches
53.6 x 47 cm
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Large, finely engraved map of Japan with a distinctively French style title cartouche containing two small landscapes. The map draws heavily on the previous work of Bellin, but includes a number of improvements to Terre d'Yedso (Hokkaido) similar to the manuscripts of Engelbert Kaempfer. The fictitious island of Matsumae is removed and now Matsaki is shown as a part of Yedso. The provinces are clearly outlined, and there are many place names. The eastern part of the Korean peninsula is also shown with a good amount of detail. The sea between Korea and Japan is named both the Mer de Coree and the Mer du Japon, reflecting a compromise to the long-standing dispute over the name of this sea. This great map was to influence the cartography of Japan into the 19th century. Santini first published a complete re-engraving of Robert de Vaugondy's map circa 1776; this is the second state, with Remondini's imprint added.

References: Walter #86, OAG #118.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with contemporary outline color on a bright sheet, with a short printer's crease in the title cartouche and a few unobtrusive, professionally repaired tears.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/14/2022