C1690

Isola Del Giapone Penisola Di Corea.

CORONELLI’S SPECTACTULAR C17th MAP OF JAPAN. Coronelli’s map of Japan is based on Dutch portolan charts as well as information provided by Jesuits who had been in Japan. The map is superbly decorated with an elaborate title cartouche with the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Isola Del Giapone Penisola Di Corea.

Date:

C1690

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

625mm 
x 465mm

Paper Size: 

680mm 
x 530mm
AUTHENTICITY
Isola Del Giapone Penisola Di Corea. - Antique Map from 1690

Genuine antique
dated:

1690

Description:

CORONELLI’S SPECTACTULAR C17th MAP OF JAPAN.

Coronelli’s map of Japan is based on Dutch portolan charts as well as information provided by Jesuits who had been in Japan. The map is superbly decorated with an elaborate title cartouche with the monogram, ‘IHS’ (monogram symbolising Jesus Christ). Numerous mountain ranges are pictorially delineated, and major towns are indicated with buildings. 

The Jesuits had arrived in Japan in 1543 and of the 95 Jesuits who worked in Japan up to 1600, 57 were Portuguese, 20 were Spaniards and 18 Italian.They were the only Europeans to have gained first hand knowledge of Japan and its society at the time. Coronelli acknowledges this by dedicating the map to ‘Al Molto Rev. Pre. Fontaine, of the Society of Jesus. The Venetian style oared galleon depicted in the Sea of Japan is noted as being used by the Japanese between Nagasaki to Osaka. 

Vincenzo Coronelli was cosmographer to the Venetian Republic and one of the greatest Italian cartographers. 

References:
Cortazzi,  p.48. pl. 75, p. 146-7, Walter, p. 13, 87, OAG 53 p. 191

 

Vincenzo Coronelli (1650 - 1718)

Coronelli was a Franciscan friar, cosmographer and cartographer of atlases and globes, born, probably in Venice, August 16, 1650, the fifth child of a Venetian tailor named Maffio Coronelli. At ten, young Vincenzo was sent to the city of Ravenna and was apprenticed to a xylographer. At the age of sixteen he published the first of his one hundred forty separate works. In 1671 he entered the Convent of Saint Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, and in 1672 was sent by the order to the College of Saint Bonaventura and Saints Apostoli in Rome where he earned his doctor’s degree in theology in 1674. He excelled in the study of both astronomy and Euclid. A little before 1678, Coronelli began working as a geographer and was commissioned to make a set of terrestrial and celestial globes for Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Each finely crafted globe was five feet in diameter (c. 175 cm) and so impressed the Duke that he made Coronelli his theologian. Coronelli's renown as a theologian grew and in 1699 he was appointed Father General of the Franciscan order.

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