Rare Antique Map-JAPAN-TORANGA-IDOL-AMIDA-OSAKA-MIYAKO-Montanus-van der Aa-1725



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Copperplate engraving on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark. Authenticity 100% guaranteed. on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 49 x 37.5 cm. The image size is ca. 41.5 x 34 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 19.3 x 14.8 inch. The image size is ca. 16.3 x 13.4 inch.

Plate 37: ‘Representation du Createur dans le Temple a Miaco – l’Idol Canon, fils d’amida avec 30 bras, 7 tetes d’hommes sur la poitrine et a chaque main 2 fleches au Japon – l’Idole Canon adore par cinq autres images a Osacca au Japon – Toranga, Idole du Japon detruit une Image avec 8 bars representans 8 Rois autrefois defaits par elle.’ (Representation of the Creator in the Temple of Miyako – The Japanese Idol Canon, son of Amida with 30 arms, 7 heads on his chest and in each hand holding 2 candles – The Idol Canon adored by 5 other statues in Osaka, Japan – Toranga, Japanese Idol fighting another statue with 8 arms representing 8 Kings.) Four engravings on one plate. Extremely rare in this edition. This plate originates from the very scarse: ‘La Galerie Agreable du Monde (…). Tome premier des Indes Orientales.’, published by P. van der Aa, Leyden, c. 1725. This famous work was published in 66 parts and is the biggest print / map book ever published. Van der Aa incorporated plates by other publishers such as Blaeu, Visscher, de Wit, Meurs, Montanus, Dapper, Halma, Mortier, Allard in this work and often added broad decorative borders. Probably the costliest and complete universal geographic work ever produced. It is said that only 100 copies were printed. Ref: Koeman Aa9. Phillips 2780 note. This map is a combination of 4 engravings first published in ‘Gedenkwaerdige gesantschappen der Oost-Indische Maatschappy in ‘t Vereenigde Nederland, aan de Kaisaren van Japan.’ by Arnoldus Montanus, 1669. The decorative border is printed seperately from the 4 engravings and is typical of this work by van de Aa.Artists and Engravers: Pieter van der Aa (Leiden 1659-1733) was a Dutch publisher best known for preparing maps and atlases. The Galerie Agreable contains plates and maps by the best Dutch engravers: Luiken, Goeree, Mulder, Stoopendaal, Aldert Meijer, Romeyn de Hooghe, ao.

Condition: Excellent. General age related toning and light staining. Paper edge uncut and thus irregular and with occasional minimal tears. Original folding as issued.



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