Auction 97, Lot 431

"L'Empire du Japon, Divise en Sept Principales Parties, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles

Subject: Japan and Korea

Period: 1750 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

21 x 19 inches
53.3 x 48.3 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 placenames. The eastern part of the Korean peninsula is also shown with a good amount of detail. This great map was to influence the cartography of Japan into the 19th century.

References: Walter #86; Pedley #410.

Condition: B

Faint offsetting & transference of color, overall very good with wide margins. Two large watermarks. Slight paper split at upper centerfold.

Estimate: $900 - $1,000


Closed on 12/5/2001