Fine old color example of Kaempfer's scarce map of Japan, which appeared in the 1729 Dutch edition of Kaempfer's History of Japan.
The map was prepared by Johann Caspar Scheuchzer from the maps brought back from Japan by Kaempfer. The decorative features are drawn directly from Kaempfer's manuscript including a Japanese compass and three gods of fortune The map was a dramatically different map than any of its predecessors, providing a north oriented Tohoku and overall squat shape. Japan is divided into 68 provinces, each with its Japanese name included in Japanese characters.
Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716) was a Swedish physician and diplomat. He visited Japan in 1690-92 as part of the Dutch East India Company and was twice allowed to visit Edo.