CARTE DE TOUTES LES ISLES CONNUES A LA COSTE DE ZANGUEBAR ET MADAGASCAR

£120

Bellin's beautifully designed and detailed map of the east coast of Africa and the islands of the southwest Indian Ocean, from the atlas of Prevost d'Exiles' influential collection of travel narratives, Histoire Generale des Voyages here published by Le Comte de Maurepas.

.Extends from Pate Island (Kenya) to southern Mozambique, encompassing to the west the islands of Madagascar, Reunion ("Bourbon"), Mauritius ("Ile de France"), Rodrigue, and the Comoros, Seychelles, and Chagos archipelagos.

Excellent hand colour.

Very good condition..

code : M4244

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1740 Paris

Size : 24*29 cms

availability : Available

Price : £120

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Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and prolific French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century, in the service of the French Hydrographical Office. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also Official Hydrographer to the French King.

Bellin was responsible for an enormous output of charts and maps. In a large folio format, he issued a volume of sea-charts of France, the Neptune Francois, and several sea-atlases of the World, including the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These large charts were amongst the best of the period and continued being reissued throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.

In smaller format, he issued the Petit Atlas Maritime (1764),which contained 580 detailed charts, as well as maps to illustrate l'Abbe Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages (1746-1757). Bellin also produced a substantial number of important separately issued maps, particularly reflecting continuing discoveries and political events in the Americas.