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[Early 17th century map of Japan] Japonia. Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1628, French edition. Original colour with additions. 350 x 450mm. Centre fold repaired.
Fine map of Japan originally published in 1609, following Ortelius's map. Korea is shown as an island, but with a note explaining that there was doubt about whether it was a peninsula. This example is from the first state of the map, before the title was changed and the junk replaced with a galleon. KOEMAN: Me 28a; HUBBARD: 13.
($2,500 • €2,300 rates)
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.
($325 • €299 rates)
[Pitt's English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan] A Map of the Isles of Japan. London: Moses Pitt, 1680. 360 x 520mm. Trimmed within plate. repairs to binding folds.
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.
($5,938 • €5,463 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).
($2,750 • €2,530 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.
($1,563 • €1,438 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.
($938 • €863 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.
($1,563 • €1,438 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.
($500 • €460 rates)
DU HALDE, Johann Baptiste.
[Scarce English edition of the famous Du Halde/D'Anville map of Korea] The Kingdom of Korea [called by the Chinese Kau-Li-Qua and by the Manchews Solho Koron.] London, 1738. Coloured. 510 x 360mm. Bottom margin and bottom right corner re-instated.
First appearing in French c.1735 under the title Royaume de Coree, this was the earliest separate map of Korea to appear in any European publication. This English edition was issued in 1738 and boasts an entirely re-engraved title cartouche and the addition of a lenthy legend which begins, 'This Map was Copy’d from one in the King of Korea’s Palace, by a Chinese Lord, sent on an Embassy to that Monarch by the Emperor of China in 1710.' There is also a new inscription to John David Barbut, Secretary to the Post Master General.
($5,000 • €4,600 rates)
RENNEVILLE, René Auguste Constantin.
[Scarce chart of the approaches to Manila from the Pacific] Typus Freti Manilensis. Detroit de Manilles. Amsterdam, c.1725. 150 x 425mm.
A scarce sea chart of Southern Luzon, Mindoro and Samar Islands, showing the route of Joris van Spilbergen through the San Bernardino Channel to attack Manila in 1616.
It was published to illustrate Renneville's 'Recueil des voiages qui ont servi à l'établissement & aux progrès de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales, formée dans les Provinces-Unies des Païs-Bas'. This was the first French translation of Isaac Commelin's account published in 1646. Renneville (1650-1723), a French protestant, spent over ten years imprisoned in the Bastille for 'having criminal correspondence with foreigners'.
($938 • €863 rates)
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