Auction 96, Lot 421

"Japonia", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Japan

Period: 1628 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 5.2 inches
19.1 x 13.2 cm

Engraved by Petrus Kaerius for the pocket-sized edition of Mercator's famous atlas. This charming map follows the Ortelius/Teixeira type for the islands with an east-west orientation of Honshu and exaggerated size of the Noto Peninsula. Korea is shown as an island, although Hondius added a notation to the effect that is was uncertain if the region was an island or a peninsula. Strapwork title and distance scale cartouches.


Condition: A

Damp stain in right margin, just touching the neatline, else a fine sharp impression with attractive later color.

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/12/2001