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