Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique chart of the harbor, town, and fort at Plymouth, England

Plan des Ville et Citadelle de Plymouth

DESCRIPTION: Fine mid eighteenth-century French navigation port plan and map of Plymouth, England. By Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. A key with seventeen items provides information on the precise location of important governmental, ecclesiastical, and commercial sites as well a provides the location of major gates or access-control locations. This is a larger-scale plan covering a smaller area than Bellin's related smaller-scale "Carte de la Port de Plimouth" of Plymouth Sound.

From Bellin's Petit Atlas Maritime. Tome IV No 11.

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: Plymouth Sound

CONDITION: Very Good.  On strong laid paper. Clean. Wide margins. Strong impression and platemark.

COLORING: Outline hand color.


SIZE: 6 " x 8 "


PRICE: $295


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