Mercator Cloppenburgh edition 1630 miniature map of Japan with Korea as an Island
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Early miniature map of Japan and Korea from the rare Cloppenburg edition slightly larger format and more scarce edition of the Mercator/Hondius “Atlas Minor”.
The Cloppenburg edition was continued for a couple of years but seems to have been suppressed after 1636 … (Koeman Atlantes Neerlandici).
Based on the 1595 Abraham Ortelius map, but with added decoration, this is an early depiction of both Japan and Korea.
While still shown as an island, Hondius added the explanation that it was uncertain if Korea was indeed an island or part of the mainland. Spelled Corea, the island is shown in a somewhat triangular form.
Japan is in the old “kite tail” delineation and does not yet include Hokkaido to the north.
Verso Text: French. Engraved by Pieter Van Den Keere.
Good and dark impression. Right hand margin cut close, shaving the neat line. Light water stain in right hand part. Else in good condition.
Broecke, Ortelius 13.