WEST INDIES CARTE DU GOLPHE DU MEXIQUE ET DES ISLES DE L'AMERIQUE
£225Decorative classic map of The West Indies by Bellin.18th century engraved map of the West Indies, Central America, and Florida. Cartouche.Hand colour.Very good condition.
code : M1985
Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN
Date : 1750/1773 Amsterdam
Size : 28*37.5cms
availability : Available
Price : £225
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.