Previous exhibition on Japan, April-October 2014

Imagining Japan, 1570-1750

An exhibition in Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Marsh’s Library is a perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment located in the heart of Dublin. When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland.

Imagining Japan, 1570-1750 examined early European encounters with, and interest in, Japan.

The exhibition displayed a number of rare early maps of Japan, the most striking of which was taken from Blaeu’s 1662 hand-coloured Atlas Maior. It showed how Japan’s isolation enabled it to become the backdrop for European fiction, most notably in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

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