Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique Map of Central Mexico

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Carte du Mexique Pour l'Histoire Generale des Voyages 1754.

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Original mid 18th-century French map of the Central Mexico region. This early cartographic artifact covers an area from roughly south of Durango to a line north of Acapulco. In all, a fine copperplate-engraved antique map of Mexico by N. Bellin that includes the towns of "Mazatland" (Mazatlan), "Guadalaxara" (Guadalajara), Zacatecas, Veracruz, "Mechoacan", and many more. Shows mountains in relief, many rivers, and small villages. Dated within an elaborate cartouche to 1754.

Framed, glazed, and double matted. Size with frame 18.5" x 15".

Published in a French edition of L'Abbe Prevost's "Histoire Générale des Voyages". Tome 12, No. 8.

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: Pacific Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Matted and framed. Wood frame with a few nicks and scratches as shown. Engraving has NOT been examined out of frame. At sight the map appears clean, intact, and with a touch of age-toning.



SIZE: 11 " x 8 "




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