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Description: This finely engraved original antique map of Naha (Napa) city the Capital of the Okinawa Prefecture Japan was engraved in 1816 - the date is engraved in the title cartouche - by John Walker and was published in 1818 by John Murray for Captain Basil Halls Account of a voyage of discovery to the west coast of Corea and the great Loo-Choo Island.
This publication one of the first complete narratives of discovery to the west coast of Korea, was made by Captain Basil Hall (1788- 1844). This expedition took Lord Amherst's Embassy to China and explored the barely known East China Sea and Yellow Sea.
Not only Korea was visited but also the Ryukyu Archipelago by the Alceste and Lyra, they obtained detailed information on the area. The Europeans in the past had explored Korea only briefly. On the way home the Alceste was wrecked in the Gaspar Strait of Sumatra. This account contains entries about the specifics of Korean lifestyles, local vocabulary, including Korean, and hydrographic charts and nautical facts such as records of sea currents and meteorological data.
The drawings of scenery and costumes were made by William Havell (1782 - 1857), the eminent artist who accompanied the Embassy, from sketches taken on the spot, by C.W. Browne, midshipman on board the Alceste. Basil Hall later became Post-Captain in the British navy and died insane. (Ref: M&B; Tooley)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy & stable Paper color: - White Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 15in x 10 1/2in (380mm x 265mm) Plate size: - 12 1/2in x 9 1/2in (320mm x 240mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Light age toning to margin edges Plate area: - None Verso: - None