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Auction 99, Lot 454

"Plan du Port et de la Ville de Nangasaki", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Japan

Period: 1736 (circa)

Publication: Histoire et Description Generale du Japon

Color: Black & White

17.7 x 7.9 inches
45 x 20.1 cm

Bellin based this map of Nagasaki on the Kaempfer/Scheuchzer map for the "History of Japan", which first appeared in 1727. The map is oriented to the southwest , as did Scheuchzer, and locates principal points of interest and major buildings. The Deshima is central to the map. This was an artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki where the VOC (Dutch East India Company) were allowed to trade with the representatives of the Shogun in Edo. Floral style title cartouche incorporating the key. Engraved by Geuillhaume Dheulland.

References: Walter #100.

Condition: B

Some scattered water spotting and a small tear entering map (1/2") at top, closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/12/2002