C1719

L'Empire du Japon, Tire des Cartes des Japon Nois

Striking map of Japan by Henri Abraham Chatelain, based on the map by orientalist Adrien Reland’s issued four years earlier. Reland taught at the University of Utrecht, created a totally new model in the depiction of the island. Though he … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

L’Empire du Japon, Tire des Cartes des Japon Nois

Date:

C1719

Condition:

Some spotting mainly in lower margin, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

440mm 
x 363mm

Paper Size: 

500mm 
x 425mm
AUTHENTICITY
L'Empire du Japon, Tire des Cartes des Japon Nois - Antique Map from 1719

Genuine antique
dated:

1719

Description:

Striking map of Japan by Henri Abraham Chatelain, based on the map by orientalist Adrien Reland’s issued four years earlier. Reland taught at the University of Utrecht, created a totally new model in the depiction of the
island.

Though he took into account information the Europeans had collected in the two preceding centuries, for his inset map of the coasts around Nagasaki, he completely ignored all other information in his depiction of Japan as a whole. For that he placed all his trust in a Japanese model. According to a legend, added to the lower border of one of his later maps, one of his students had placed such a Japanese map from the library of Benjamin Dutry, at his disposal. Dutry had been the director of the Dutch East India Company, and the map had probably been brought to him from Nagasaki.

Reland is the first to use Sino-Japanese characters on a map of Japan, this map became a model for a number of other mapmakers.

From Chatelain’s, Atlas Historique Volume 5.

References:
Cortazzi, H. Isles of Gold Antique Maps of Japan. Tokyo 1992: p. 49.
Lutz, W. Japan, a Cartographic Vision.New York 1994: Map 70.
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973: 548.


Collections:
David Rumsey Collection: List No: 13272.587

Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684 - 1743)

Chatelain was a Huguenot pastor of Parisian origins. He lived consecutively in Paris, St. Martins, London (c. 1710), the Hague (c. 1721) and Amsterdam (c. 1728). Chatelain was a skilled artist and knew combining a wealth of historical and geographical information with delicate engraving and an uncomplicated composition. Groundbreaking for its time, this work included studies of geography, history, ethnology, heraldry, and cosmography. His maps with his elegant engraving are a superb example from the golden age of French mapmaking.The publishing firm of Chatelain, Chatelain Frères and Chatelain & Fils is recorded in Amsterdam, from around 1700-1770, with Zacharias living "op den Dam" (Dam Square) in 1730. Henri Abraham Chatelain, his father Zacharie Chatelain (d.1723) and his younger brother Zacharie Junior (1690-1754), worked as a partnership publishing the Atlas Historique, Ou Nouvelle Introduction à L'Histoire under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication. The atlas was published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720, with a second edition appearing in 1732. The volumes I-IV with a Third edition and volume I with a final edition in 1739. Henri Abraham Chatelain, whose "Atlas Historique" was one of the most expansive Dutch encyclopedias of the age. First published in 1705, Chatelain's Atlas Historique was part of an immense seven-volume encyclopedia. Although the main focus of the text was geography, the work also included a wealth of historical, political, and genealogical information. The text was compiled by Nicholas Gueudeville and Garillon with a supplement by H.P. de Limiers and the maps were engraved by Chatelain, primarily after charts by De L'Isle. The atlas was published in Amsterdam between 1705 and 1721 and was later reissued by Zacharie Chatelain between 1732 and 1739.

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