"L'Empire du Japon, Divise en Sept Principales Parties, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles
Subject: Japan & Korea
Period: 1750 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 19.1 inches
54.1 x 48.5 cm
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.
References: Hubbard #101; Pedley #410; Walter #86.
A nice impression with contemporary outline color in the map and later color in the cartouche, on a bright sheet with a small chapel watermark. There is marginal toning and soiling and a couple of short tears at top have been closed on verso with archival materials.