This large beautifully
hand coloured original antique map of Japan was engraved
in 1750 - dated - and published by Robert Du Vaugondy
in his 1757 edition of Atlas Universal, Paris.
first attempts to show Japan on European maps were not
made until the mid fifteenth century (Fra Mauro, 1459)
and even in 1540 Munsters map of the New World still
shows "Zipangu" and the 7,448 Spice Islands of Marco
Polo. The first influence on western cartography in
expanding the topographical knowledge of China and Japan
came from Jesuit missionaries which in the case of Japan
was Ludovico Teixeira in 1592.
From 1640 Japan closed
its borders, except for the port of Nagasaki, to the
"barbarians" from the west giving little opportunity to
expand western updates of the Japanese Islands. Maps by
the French Jesuit, Pere Briet (1650), Schenk & Valck (c.
1700) and Robert de Vaugondy (1750) all showed a better
outline than their predecessors. A fine foundation map
of modern Japan.
The map is has a good sharp impression with original
hand colouring in outline, on strong sturdy clean paper
and extremely detailed, a wonderful map.
(Ref: Tooley; M&B)
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Early
Colors used: - Pink, green, blue, yellow
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper Size: - 24in x 20 1/2in (610mm x 520mm)
Plate size: - 22in x 19 1/2in (560mm x 495mm)
Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Margins: - Light soiling
Plate area: - Light age toning
Verso: - Light soiling