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Views of Kyoto

Title
Vue et Description de la Ville de Meaco Capitale du Japon avec d'autres particularitez du pays.
Author
CHATELAIN, Henri Abraham
Publication place
[Amsterdam,
Publication date
1714-1720].
Dimensions
437 by 519mm. (17.25 by 20.5 inches).
Price
£350
Reference
15862

Description

Engraved sheet with five views and a plan.

Notes

A folio sheet with five views and one plan of locations in Japan from Henri Abraham Chatelain's 'Atlas Historique'.

The French text in the middle described the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. The views are of Kyoto, the Dutch settlement of Deshima, two views of the town and temple Sakai, a Japanese marriage ceremony, and the persecution of Christian martyrs. Deshima was the base of the Dutch East India Company and one of the few areas in which European traders were allowed during the sakoku period.

The 'Atlas Historique' was an ambitious work covering genealogy, cosmography, topography, heraldry and chronology.