Didier Robert de Vaugondy, ‘L'empire du Japon’, 1750 or later, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2017

Framed dimensions: 30 x 27 1/2 in.

Courtesy of Stephen and Michiko Levine

Didier Robert de Vaugondy and his father Gilles were among the most respected French cartographers of the 18th century. Robert’s mapmaking firm is best known for its revolutionary 1757 Atlas Universel, renowned for its accuracy, completeness, consistency, and ease of use. This map portraying eastern Korea and all of Edo-period Japan, is titled L’empire du Japon, divise en sept principals parties, et subdivise en soixante et six Royaumes. Drawn by Robert in 1750, it would go on to be published in the Atlas seven years later. Despite being among the most accurate renderings of Japan produced in Europe during in the 1700s, Japan’s northermost island, Hokkaido (Yezo), is nonetheless inaccurately depicted as a somewhat amorphous terra incognita situated off the main island Honshu.
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Signature: Unsigned