C1681

Japonia.

Rare early miniature map of Japan by Pierre Duval. A decorative title cartouche is at top left. Duval’s map of Japan was based on the cartography of Blancus and Moriera. The opening of Lake Biwa, which started to appear after Cardim, is … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Japonia.

Date:

C1681

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

120mm 
x 98mm

Frame Size: 

240mm 
x 220mm
AUTHENTICITY
Japonia. - Antique Map from 1681

Genuine antique
dated:

1681

Description:

Rare early miniature map of Japan by Pierre Duval. A decorative title cartouche is at top left.

Duval’s map of Japan was based on the cartography of Blancus and Moriera. The opening of Lake Biwa, which started to appear after Cardim, is so exaggerated here that Lake Biwa is no longer recognisable as an inland lake. The mushroom shaped northern tip of Honshu becomes deeply indented in the region of Mutsu Bay.

German edition published by Johann Hoffman.

References:
Prestel ill. pl. 48, p.50, Walter 48

From Duval, Geographiae universalis pars prior, Nuremberg MDCLXXXI (1681).

 

Pierre Duval (1618 - 1683)

Pierre Duval was born in Abbeville, Duval began his cartographic career in Paris studying under his uncle, the celebrated geographer Nicolas Sanson. He was soon employed in editing maps for publication by the print-seller Pierre Mariette. By 1650, he had become Geographe du roi. According to royal letters found among his papers in 1683, Duval was employed as an officer in the Maison du Roi and received a modest wage of 350 livres. He sustained a publishing collaboration with Mariette until 1654, when he married Marie Desmaretz, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Following this, he established himself in Paris and produced maps and cartographic documents for a variety of Parisian map-sellers. Duval supplied manuscripts to Nicolas Berey, Girard Joillan, Nicolas Langlois, Estienne Vouillement and Antoine de Fer.

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