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Japan 1644

     The map on Japan 1644, Iaponiae Insulae Descriptio, was received from Luis (Lodovico) Teixiera, cartographer to King Philip II of Spain, and published in Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1595. The island of Ezo (called Hokkaido now) has been omitted, and  Korea, not shown on the stamp, is drawn as an island.  
     The "land" images around the margins of the stamp are not from Teixiera's map, and certainly given an erroneous impression of Japan's situation.

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