Lot 610: De Vaugondy map of Japan 1750

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2016-01-13 11:47:53

Lot 610: Author: Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles; Title: L'Empire du Japon, Divise en Sept Principales Parties, et Subdivise en Soixante et Six Royaumes; Place Published: Paris; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1750-[1757-]; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline; uncolored pictorial cartouche. 48x53.5 cm (18¾x21").Map of Japan which draws heavily on the earier 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 place names. The eastern part of the Korean peninsula is also shown with a good amount of detail. The sea between Korea and Japan is named both the Mer de Coree and the Mer du Japon, reflecting a compromise to the long-standing dispute over the name of this sea. The map was to influence the cartography of Japan into the 19th century. Published in the Atlas Univesel. This is a later issue, with plate number 99 on verso, rather than 94, and the impression is a bit weak, most noticable in the cartouch. Pedley 410. Condition: Some faint foxing, ill-creased along centerfold, a bit of edge wear, very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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