Map of Nagasaki, Japan, c 1690.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Map of Nagasaki, Japan, c 1690.

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Engraving of Nagasaki showing at its centre the fan-shaped artificial island of Deshima which contained the Dutch trading post. Illustrated beneatht the map are Japanese gold, silver, and copper coins. From 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692, where he asembled a large collection. On returning to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan', which records many aspects of Genroku Japan (1688-1704).

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