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Publisher: ORTELIUS, A.
Title: Japoniae insulae descriptio.
Published in: Antwerp, 1598
   
Size: 14.0 x 19.1 inches.
35.6 x 48.4 cm.
Colouring:

In attractive colours.
Condition: Wide margins. From a French text edition.
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The first printed map of Japan to appear in an atlas, in a first state. It was drawn by the Portuguese Jesuit Luiz Teixeira and depicts Korea as an island. Japan was probably identified with the island Zipangu , described by Marco Polo in the 13th. century.
Page number on verso is 108, published in 1598.
A statement in the upper right corner reads, "Cum Imperatorio, Regio, et Brabantić privilegio decennali. 1595," which gave the Royal and Brabant privilege for ten years, beginning in 1595.

Milestone map of Japan. It retained its influence until more than fifty years later when a new milestone map appeared, the Martini map of 1655.
With a letter dated at February 2, 1592 Texeira sent to Ortelius "dos piesas de las descriptiones de la China y del Japan." (Hessels letter 210) Ortelius had asked for these maps in a previous letter, which has not been found. At the same time he promised a map of Brazil, but only the map of Japan and Korea was used for the Theatrum since 1595. The map is the first reasonably accurate and recognizable European depiction of Japan. Little was known of this mythical and remote island.
Korea is shown as an island and even less was known about it.
Reference: Campbell 2: Cortazzi, plate 25: OAG 5.



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