CARTE DE DE L'ISLE St CHRISTOPHE
Attractive chart shows harbours around the island.The town and fort of Basse-Terre & Charlestown. Locates Pointe de Sable, Pointe Ragged, Pointe de Par, Pointe de St. Croix, La Grande Pointe. Rivers & elevations on the island, the latter indicated by drawings of mountains. Indicates buildings & settlements & includes a compass rose with fleur de lys crossing the chart and a decorative title cartouche in top right.Later hand colour.V.good condition.Scan is detail but there are margins.
code : M124
Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN
Date : 1764 Paris
Size : 20*31cms
availability : Available
Price : £100
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.