This is a fantastic early map of then seclusive Japan, by a Westerner. The map was drawn largely from a Japanese woodblock map from the library of B. Dutry, a prominent Dutch East India Company official. This Japanese map presented a distorted view of Japan, particularly Honshu, because the geographical shape was made to fit the format, that of a folding travel map. The important cartographic contribution is the first use of Sino-Japanese characters for all 66 provinces, and the deletion of many fictitious place names that appears on previous European maps. A large inset of the vicinity of Nagasaki and graphic scenes distinguish this interesting map of Japan. Scenes of Japanese life that fill the bottom of the map feature a Samurai, merchants, a farmer with an ox, fishermen, and a temple. Examples of Japanese ceramics that were a popular import to Holland are displayed at the base of the cartouche. Blank verso.
1740 Seutter Map of Japan
Imperium Japonicum per Sexaginta et Sex Regiones Digestum atque ex Ipsorum Japonensium Mappis Descriptum …
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M Seutter, 1740 c., Augsburg
19.3 x 22.9 in. plus margins
Very good. Toning, mostly in the issued centerfold. Clear image, nicely colored. Narrow margins. Upper margin above the neatline is cut closest, sligtly into lettering. A few marginal splits. Few small tape restoration in centerfold area on verso.