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Japan, by Z. Châtelain. 1719

This map was made after the Reland map, published in 1715 by Wilhelm Broedelet. It includes the place names in phonetic Dutch. The text in the cartouche explains that the map has been copied from a similar one made by the Japanese and therefore needs no alteration, and continues that the inset was taken from a map drawn on-site by a Dutchman.


The Châtelain Family

Zacharias Châtelain (1684-1743) was a bookseller and publisher of Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his sons Zacharias jr and Henry Abraham. The Châtelain family was best known for the historical atlas Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire…, a major work of its time. It was an encyclopaedia in seven volumes, including geography as one of its main subjects. The atlas was published in Amsterdam in seven volumes in various editions with different imprints from 1705 to 1739. An anonym person (Mr. C***) compiled the work with compositions of text, maps, plates and chronological and genealogical tables by Gueudeville, except volume 7, where H.P. Limiers took over this task. The maps were made mainly after the work of Guillaume de l'Isle.

The 1705 edition was published with the imprint “L’Honoré & Châtelain”. Later editions had the imprint: “les Frères Châtelain Libraires” or “L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires”.

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L'Empire du Japon, tiré des Cartes des Japonnois.

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Old, antique map of Japan, by Z. Châtelain.

With inset of the Nagasaki region.

Title: L'Empire du Japon, tiré des Cartes des Japonnois.
Tom: V. N° 54. Pag: 161.

Date of the first edition: 1719.
Date of this map: 1719.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Plate size: 375 x 435mm (14.76 x 17.13 inches).
Sheet size: 440 x 520mm (17.32 x 20.47 inches).
Map size: 155 x 110mm
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Châtelain Z. Atlas Historique, ou Nouvelle Introduction A l'Histoire, à la Chronologie & à la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne; ... Tome V. Qui comprend l'Asie en général et en particulier, l'Assyrie, l'Armenie, la Georgie, la Turquie Asiatique, la Terre-sainte, l'Arabie, la Perse, la Tartarie, les Etats Japon, et le Roïaume de Siam. A Amsterdam, Chez L'Honoré &  Châtelain Libraires, M.DCC.XIX. (1719). (Koeman II, p. 37, Cha6)

This map was made after the Reland map, published in 1715 by Wilhelm Broedelet. It includes the place names in phonetic Dutch. The text in the cartouche explains that the map has been copied from a similar one made by the Japanese and therefore needs no alteration, and continues that the inset was taken from a map drawn on-site by a Dutchman.


The Châtelain Family

Zacharias Châtelain (1684-1743) was a bookseller and publisher of Amsterdam. He was succeeded by his sons Zacharias jr and Henry Abraham. The Châtelain family was best known for the historical atlas Atlas Historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire…, a major work of its time. It was an encyclopaedia in seven volumes, including geography as one of its main subjects. The atlas was published in Amsterdam in seven volumes in various editions with different imprints from 1705 to 1739. An anonym person (Mr. C***) compiled the work with compositions of text, maps, plates and chronological and genealogical tables by Gueudeville, except volume 7, where H.P. Limiers took over this task. The maps were made mainly after the work of Guillaume de l'Isle.

The 1705 edition was published with the imprint “L’Honoré & Châtelain”. Later editions had the imprint: “les Frères Châtelain Libraires” or “L’Honoré & Châtelain Libraires”.

References: Hubbard Japan (2012) - p. 295, #74; Walter (Japan) - p. 195, #61; Koeman - Vol. 2, p. 37, Cha6 (11)

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