SUITE DE L'OCEAN ORIENTALE CONTENANT LES ISLES DE LA SONDE ...

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Title: Suite De L'Ocean Oriental Contenant Les Isles De La Sonde Les Costes De Tunquin Et De La Chine Les Isles Du Japon Les Philippines Moluques . . . 1746

Bellin's dramatically designed "continuation" of his Eastern Ocean encompasses the Isles de la Sonde (Indonesia), the coasts of Tonkin and China, Korea, the islands of Japan, the Philippines, and the Moluccas. as well the Marianas and New Guinea.

At nearly the center of the map is a bold compass rose and in the upper left corner, a decorative, rococo-style cartouche. From Prevost d'Exiles' influential collection of travel narratives, Histoire Generale des Voyages.

Excellent hand colour.

Very good condition.

code : M4608

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1746 Paris

Size : 32*31cms

availability : Available

Price : £220

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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.