1658 – J. Janssonius – Nova et Accurata Iaponiæ
Title: “Nova et Accurata Iaponiæ Terræ Esonis ac Insularum ex novissima detectione descriptio Apud Ioannem Ianßonium.”
Striking and highly detailed Jan Jansson’s copper engraved map of Japan and Korea, showing portions of China, Landt van Eso and Compagnies Land. The map was published by Jan Jansson in atlas “Nieuwen Atlas”. This sea chart of Japan, also marking the semi-mythical islands of ‘Eso’ & ‘Companies Land’.
The original motivation behind the discovery of the lands that influenced this map came for a 16th century Spanish legend. The legend tells of a land to the east of Japan that is so rich with silver and gold, that the homes if the inhabitants were constructed from precious metals. This legend ultimately prompted two voyages funded by the Dutch East India Company. While the first voyage proved to be a complete failure, a second under Maerten de Vries and Cornelius Jansz Coen in 1643 was somewhat of a success with regard to the discovery of new lands. Sadly none of the land discovered resembled rang true to the old Spanish legend.
The lands discovered by Vries and Coen were actually the island of Hokkaido, which is mapped as Eso and connected to the Russian island of Sakhalin and the Kruil islands of Kunashir (Staten Eylant) and Iturop (Compagnies Land).
Cartographer: Johannes Janssonius (1588 – 1664)
Sheet size: 59,5 x 49,5 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Very good condition. Attractive hand coloring.
This is an original antique map published in 1658 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!