A beautiful example of Hondius' map of Japan and Korea from the early 17th century. It shows one of the greatest cartographic myth with Korea depicted as an island. But Hondius expressing his doubts in the notes that Korea could be also a part of the mainland. Regarded as one of the earliest and finest Dutch maps of the area, it was first published in 1606. The map draws upon the Ortelius-Teixeira map of 1595 and depicts Korea as an island, along with the three main islands of Japan and a portion of China.
The map features decorative elements such as sea monsters, a Japanese junk, and a Dutch galleon. It can be distinguished from the later Janssonius edition, which replaces the junk with a European vessel.
Considered a significant milestone in Japanese cartography, this map served as the standard representation of the region until Martini's map of 1655.
|Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1628
|34.0 x 44.2 cm (13.4 x 17.4 inches)
|47.9 x 56.7 cm (18.9 x 22.3 inches)
|Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8450:1A.1.
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