Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique Pre-Columbian Plan of Mexico City

Carte de Environs de la Ville de Mexico

DESCRIPTION: Early French map of the Valley of Mexico and Mexico City. Shows Mexico City or Tenochtitlán, the island capital of the Aztec state, as it was when encountered by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1521. In the copper-plate engraved image Tenochtitlán is located near the southwest end of the "Lac de Mexico" or Lake Texcoco. Tenochtitlán was connected to the Valley of Mexico via several causeways. Includes the larger cities of Pachuca, Tezcuco, Chalco. No mention of Teotihuacan. By French cartographer Nicolas Bellin.

Framed and matted meaures 12" W x 14" H.

Tenochtitlan was largely destroyed by Cortés after a siege in 1521, and modern-day Mexico City now lies over much of its remains.

Published in a French edition of L'Abbe Prevost's "Histoire Générale des Voyages". Tome 12, No. 10.

French hydrographer Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was born in Paris and educated as an engineer. In 1741, Bellin became the first Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine (the French Hydrographical Office) and was named Official Hydrographer of the French King. Bellin's largest and most comprehensive work is the 'Petit Atlas Maritime' with 581 charts that cover the coasts and important port cities of the known world.

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas



BODY OF WATER: Lake Texcoco

CONDITION: Good.  Appears clean at sight with appropriate age-toning. Not examined out of frame but other similarly-framed maps in the same auction lot were not laid down and they were on laid paper. Frame with a few trivial abrasions.



SIZE: 6 " x 8 "


PRICE: $300


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