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HONDIUS, Jodocus II.
[The Bertius map of Japan] Japan. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1616. Coloured. 100 x 135mm.
A miniature map of Japan, engraved by Jodocus Hondius for his edition of Petrus Bertius's 'Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum'. Unlike the earlier plate, this version has longitude and latitude lines. KOEMAN: Lan 11a, 'With the new plates, the work was certainly improved'; HUBBARD: 15.
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[Pitt's English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan] A Map of the Isles of Japan. London: Moses Pitt, 1680. 360 x 520mm. Narrow margins, minor repairs to binding folds on verso. A fine impression.
The first English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan, first publshed the previous year, augmented with an inset of the Gulf of Tonkin, originally a separate map in the original work. The route by land & sea from Nagasaki to Tokyo is marked.
On stylistic grounds the map has been attributed to the engraver Herman Moll, making it one of his earliest works.
Tavernier, a gem merchant, travelled only to China, but included a description of Japan in his account. HUBBARD: 46.
($6,080 • €5,581 rates)
MALLET, Alain Manesson.
[17th Century miniature map of Jesso] Terre de Iesso. Paris, 1683. 150 x 110mm.
Map of Hokkaido before La Perouse finally dispelled the myth of Ezo. The north-west coastline is not defined, as it was known known whether it was an island or part of mainland Asia. Published in the Description de l'Univers. WALTER: 112, illus.
($205 • €188 rates)
MALLET, Alain Manesson.
[Miniature map of Japan] Isles du Japon. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 105mm.
Miniature map of Japan, published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
($371 • €341 rates)
[A fine early sea chart of Japan] Nova et Accurata Iaponiæ, Terræ Esonis, ac Insularum adjacentium. Amsterdam: Schenk & Valk, c.1700. Original colour. 450 x 550mm.
A re-issue of Jansson's chart of Japan of 1658, with body colour rather than the original outline. The map also shows the 'island' of Korea, and the semi-mythical islands of 'Eso' & 'Companies Land', making the contents more myth than reality.
It is interesting that this map differs markedly from Blaeu's map of 1655. Blaeu had used the cartography of Martino Martini (with Korea back on the mainland), while Jansson prefered the work of Maerten Gerritsz Vries. Jansson had first used his work in a pocket map in 1648: it was very unusual for a publisher to publish important new cartographical information in small format first. HUBBARD: 30, state ii of ii; WALTER: 57 (for first state).
($2,816 • €2,585 rates)
CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham.
[An early 18th century map of Japan] L'Empire du Japon, Tiré des Cartes des Japonnois. Amsterdam, 1719. 380 x 440mm. A fine, dark impression.
A map of Japan based on Reland's landmark map of 1715, with Japanese script naming the sixty-six provinces. Under the map is a large cartouche with the shields of the noble families of Japan and a text describing the Japanese sources for his map (although not mentioning Reland). To the right is an inset chart of Nagasaki Harbour. The map was published in the 'Atlas Historique' a seven-volume atlas that is usually attributed to Henri Abraham Châtelain; however Hubbard and other recent writers posit that it was his brother Zacherie who compiled the work. HUBBARD: 73.
($1,600 • €1,469 rates)
[Early prospect of Tokyo] Iedo Capitale du Japon. Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, c.1720. Two sheets conjoined, total 290 x 775mm. Original binding folds flattened.
An early prospect of the city of Edo, now renamed Tokyo, with a 62-point key in French and Dutch. In the foreground are Japanese travellers, depicting a carriage and closed litter, with riders under parasols.
($960 • €881 rates)
[Japan according to the Dutch East India Company] Nieuwe Kaart van het Eyland Japan verbeterd door François Valentyn. Dortrecht: Jan van Braam & G. onder de Linden, 1726. 445 x 560mm.
Large map of Japan from Valentyn's 'Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien', an account of the Dutch East India Company. On the map an unusual feature is the route the Dutch used to travel from Nagasaki to Jedo. Francois Valentyn (1666-1727) joined the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) aged 19, travelling to the East as a minister and chaplain. Normally the V.O.C. prevented their former employees from publishing details of the company, but by this stage their dealings were not as secret or as profitable as they had been. Valentyn published his account in eight volumes between 1724-26, dying the following year. HUBBARD: 75. WALTER: 46.
($1,600 • €1,469 rates)
[Japan] L'Impero del Giapon divisio in sette principale parti cioe Ochio Quanto Jetsegen Jetsen Jamiasoit, Xioco E Ximo. Venice, 1785. Original colour. 325 x 420mm. Excellent condition.
Japan, divided into its provinces, engraved by G. Pitteri for Zatta's Atlante Novissimo. WALTER: OAG 119.
($512 • €470 rates)
Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
[19th Century detailed map of Japan] Empire of Japan. London, Baldwin & Craddock; 1835. Steel engraving. Outline colour. 330 x 395mm.
With an inset chart of Nagasaki Harbour, and Eastern Point of the Island of Yeso.
($211 • €194 rates)
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