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Nova et accurata Japoniae, terrae Esonis ac insularum adjacentium ex novissimâ detectione descriptio.
Nova et accvrata Iaponiae, terrae Esonis ac insularum adjacentium ex novissimâ detectione descriptio
L'Isle de Iapon
L'Isle de Japon
Jansson, Jan, 1588-1664, printer
JPEG 14525 × 12336, 57.7MB
Scale [ca. 1:5,000,000].
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
45 x 55 cm, on sheet 58 x 64 cm
A fine early Dutch sea chart of Korea, Japan and the surrounding areas. The map is centered in Honshu, the main Japanese island; Kyushu -here wrongly named Cikoko- and Shikoku -named Tonsa. Hokkaido -still named Yeso- is shown only partially and Korea is still depicted as an island, with only one place name. There is an unusual land mass north and east of Japan, 'Compagnies Land'. These seem to be based on a 16th century Spanish of a land east of Japan that was rich with silver and gold. The Dutch East India Company financed two voyages, the first was a failure, the second, under Maerten de Vries (1589-1647) and Cornelius Jansz Coen (fl. 1643), managed to discover new lands but not the precious metals. In fact, this is the first printed map to include information from the manuscript map by De Vries.
Original is a copper plate printed map colored by hand, 44 x 54 cm. With text in French titled "L’isle de Iapon" on verso.
Title inside scroll work cartouche sided by representation of natives and soldiers. There are two 32-point compass rose on the map with a fleur de lis indicating north and a cross on the East point, colored red, blue and yellow. The rhumb lines for the half-winds are dashed. There are represented four ships and a sea monster.
Scale in german miles with latitude and longitude graticule with grades inside a scroll work cartouche sided by cherubs.
Relief shown pictorially and bathymetric relief by soundings.
Land masses and bigger islands outlined in different colors. Small islands colored yellow, green and magenta.
The four borders of the map with latitude and longitude lines in black and white interchangeably.
Map outlined in triple fillet colored yellow.
Hubbard, J.C. Japoniae Insulae: the mapping of Japan, map 30, p. 203-205
Cortazzi, H. Isles of Gold:antique maps of Japan, map 70, p. 46, 57
Campbell, T. Japan: European printed maps to 1800, map 22-23
Vol. 3, 
Nouvel atlas, ou Theatre du monde, comprenant les tables et descriptions de toutes les régions du monde universel.
Harvard College Library
Provenance Call No.:
G7960 1653 .J3