Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

1758

Antique French map of Spitsbergen, Norway

Carte du Spits-berg suivant les Hollandais

DESCRIPTION: Fine 18th-century antique French map of Spits-berg (Spitsbergen), in today's Svalbard Islands - in northern Norway; the largest Norwegian island. One of the most northern regions to be discovered by Europeans, the place names seen here reflect the nationalities of those early travellers, English, Dutch, Scandinavian and French. Spitsbergen was first used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The first known sighting of Spitsbergen by a European was by Willem Barentsz, who came across it in 1596 while searching for the Northern Sea Route.

Published in a French edition of L'Abbe Prevost's "Histoire Générale des Voyages", less than twenty years before Captain Cook's famous voyage. Page 192. Book 17.

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1758

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Norway

BODY OF WATER: Greenland Sea

CONDITION: Good,  On stong laid paper. Clean with age toning at edges.

COLORING: Attractive outline hand color with wash fill.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 12 " x 8 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 88

PRICE: $270


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