Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

1760 Nautical Chart of Grenada in the Caribbean Sea

Carte de l'Isle de la Grenade. Dressee au Depost des Cartes et Plans de La Marine. Pour le Service des Vaisseaux du Roy…

DESCRIPTION: Large antique French sea chart of the island of Grenada in the Carribbean Sea. Dated within the decorative title cartouche to 1760. Coverage includes several of the smaller islands and islets in the Grenadine's chain: Carriacou, Round Island (Isle Rond), l'Islet de la Tante, Islet de Levera, Islet de Mileu, Islet de Haut. By Jacques Bellin of the French Depot de la Marine.

This edition of Bellin's chart of Grenada lacks the circular logo of the Depot de la Marine at bottom right, the "No. 82" at top right, and the price. Contains an attractive inset elevation view of the approach to the north end of the island showing le Grison, l'Islet Rond, Islet de la Tante, la Pointe Percee, and Cape David.

Noted features of this large navigational chart include Cape David, Cape de la Grenade, Poine de la Grande Riviere, Pointe du Fort Jendy, Pointe des Salines, Piton (peak) de Levera, Sauteurs, the Bourg du Grand Marquis, Victoria, Gouyave, and the town of St. George ( Fort Royal ). Soundings and anchorages are shown for the vicinity of St. George's.

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772)

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin was a prominent French hydrographer and geographer, recognized for his significant contributions to the development of cartography. For over half a century, Bellin served as the first Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine (the French Hydrographic Office) and was appointed Official Hydrographer to the French King. His expertise and precision led to the production of thousands of significant nautical charts and maps, enhancing maritime navigation.

Petit Atlas Maritime Title Page, Jacques Bellin, cartograpger. 1764.

Petit Atlas Maritime Title Page, 1764

One of Bellin's most notable works, "Le Petit Atlas Maritime," was published in 1764, encompassing five volumes of detailed charts and maps covering every part of the world. Bellin's cartographic legacy extends beyond France; his comprehensive maps and atlases were highly influential in shaping European understanding of global geography during the 18th century. His passion for accuracy and vast output have ensured his place in the annals of cartographic history.

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas



BODY OF WATER: Caribbean

CONDITION: Good.  One large sheet of heavy paper with a strong impression. Wide Margins.



SIZE: 22 " x 35 "


PRICE: $975


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