A map of Japan made during the Italian Renaissance

In 1587, Italian cartographer Urbano Monte created a world map with a unique perspective centred in the North Pole. This map is from one of the 60 pages of that work. Monte’s knowledge of Japan was apparently sourced from a Japanese delegation he had met in Milan, Italy in 1585. Monte is said to have laid out the islands in a horizontal fashion, according to his unique perspective, which differs from that of the modern globe we are used to. Credit: LIVESCIENCE

3 responses to “A map of Japan made during the Italian Renaissance

  1. I imagine that the large city written as Meaco refers to Kyoto (Miyako), and that the castle near the large lake (which has to be lake Biwa) labelled NABVUNAGA and near anzuchiama is actually the name Nobunaga and then Azuchiyama,
    I have located Kagoshima (“cangosina”) and Nagasaki (“nagasaqui”)

    This is a really interesting map.
    You can find a really large version at https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~303566~90074181:Tavola-Nona,-Che-Ha-Sua-Superiore-L;JSESSIONID=364e7670-8cc2-4c9c-9de5-30494900badf?qvq=q%3Apub_list_no%3D%2210130.000%22%3Bsort%3APub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No%3Blc%3ARUMSEY~8~1&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&mi=16&trs=94

  2. Sounds like a very reasonable and probable transliteration or transposition.

  3. The map is so interesting. Thank you fo r sharing

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