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Johannes Blaeu:  Iaponia Regnum (first regional map to show Korea as a peninsula)

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Title: Iaponia Regnum (first regional map to show Korea as a peninsula)

Map Maker: Johannes Blaeu

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1630 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 22 x 16.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $1,600.00

Inventory ID: 44529


Description:

Finely old color example of Blaeu's map of Japan & Korea from Joan Blaeu's Atlas Sinensis.

While titled as a map of Japan, perhaps the single most noteworthy feature of this map isthat it is the first map to show Korea correctly as a peninsula, as opposed to an island on earlier maps. 

The atlas of China was the work of one Martino Martini, an Italian Jesuit, who had lived in China but had not visited Japan, but was able to compile a report of the country from information supplied to him. The map proved influential and was based on a combination of details from pre-existing charts with the addition, perhaps by Blaeu, of further detail from Dutch East India charts. The map is of added significance as the first map to show Korea correctly as a peninsula, as opposed to an island on earlier maps. 


Condition Description: Old Color.


References: Walters #38, OAG 28.


Related Categories:
Map of Japan
Maps of Korea