Lot 577: Early Japan froom Mercator/Hondius Atlas

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:47

Lot 577: Author: Hondius, Jodocus; Title: Iaponia; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: [1606]-; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored (possibly later). 34.3x44.5 cm. (13½x17½").Japan as perceived by Europeans at the beginning of the 17th century, first issued in the 1606 Mercator-Hondius atlas, and in subsequent editions over the next three and a half decades. The present copy has French text on verso. The map is based on the Ortelius/Teixeira model with Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku depicted with approximately the correct proportions. Korea is shown as an island, although Hondius added a notation to the effect that is was uncertain if the region was an island or a peninsula. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Some marginal foxing, very good or better. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $1000-1500
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