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Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-77)

A New Mapp of y Empire of CHINA...Together w.th the adjacent Isles of Iapon or Niphon... dated 1670

Hand-coloured etching | 30.8 x 39.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 802529

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The islands of Japan appear at top right, but their placement is not accurate. Wenceslaus Hollar, who produced the map, never visited Japan and probably derived his etching from an earlier volume by Athanasius Kircher, who also had not visited the country.