Copper engraving, 49.5 x 58 cm, two maps on one sheet (the Caspian Sea and Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East), original hand colour, small stain bottom right, blank verso.
Russian cossacks took possession of Kamchatka in 1697. There they encountered a shipwrecked Japanese sailor from Osaka who explained that Japan was not far away, and that the sea between was strewn with islands. A map based on this account together with a map of the Caspian Sea was sent by Peter the Great to Paris and came into the hands of Homann, who published both new maps on one sheet, hence the general title covering two seemingly unrelated maps – it was simply new information from the east. Walter, Japan, a cartographic vision, 120