Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique South Pacific map with oddly-shaped Australia

Carte Reduite de la Mer du Sud Pour Servir a l'Histoire generale des Voyages… Par M. Bellin… 1753.

DESCRIPTION: Fine 18th-century antique French map of the South Pacific showing recent discoveries as of mid century: Australia's posited eastern coastline is virtually featureless, running from New Guinea to Tasmania without a break. Only a small section of the western coast New Zealand is marked, the rest unknown. The Americas are shown from Baja California through Central America and the western coastline of South America including the Straits of Magellan and Cape Horn.

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

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  Three vertical folds as issued. Light bowning at one fold. Clean without major issues.

COLORING: Outline hand coloring.


SIZE: 14 " x 8 "


PRICE: $600


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