Islands of Japan

  • Author: Abraham Ortelius
  • Date: 1595
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very good
  • Inches: 14" x 19" plate mark
  • Centimeters: 35.90 x 48.72 plate mark
  • Price: Sold

Title: JAPONIAE INSVLAE DESCRIPTIO, Ludoico Teisera auctore (A representation of the island of Japan by Luis Teixeira). From Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp, 1595.

This map is a milestone in the cartography of Japan, and surprisingly accurate as far as the Japanese islands are concerned. Although as early as 1617 the more accurate map of Japan by Blancus appeared, this map retained influence until the Martini map of 1655 appeared. The part of this map depicting Japan was reproduced on a stamp of 60 ¥en issued by the Japanese government in 1985.

Three beautifully-drawn sailing ships ply the waters known as the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the Philippine Sea.

References: Van Den Broeke
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