Iedo (Tokyo)

  • Author: Jacob Van Meurs
  • Date: c.1670
  • Medium: Copperplate Engraving
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Inches: 31 x 21 3/8
  • Centimeters: 79.49 x 54.81
  • Price: $3,600.00

'Iedo, Capitale du Iapon.' (Edo / Tokyo, capital of Japan.) displays a spectacular birds eye view of Tokyo c. 1670. This plate originates from the 'La Galerie Agreable du Monde (...). Tome premier des Indes Orientales.', published by Pieter van der Aa in Leyden, Holland c. 1725.

The making of the map is at a very interesting time in Japanese history when foreign relations forbade the entrance of foreigner with a "locked country" policy called Sakoku. The Dutch were the only European influence allowed in the country. Accompanying the city imagery and rolling landscapes, the engraving depicts a caravan of locals traveling in the foreground. The maps also identifies sixty-four key locations in French and Dutch.
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