Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique chart of the Nile Delta north of Alexandria, Egypt

Carte de Embouchures du Nil et partie de son cours le Delta et l'Isthme de Suez.

DESCRIPTION: Fine antique map of the waterways crisscrossing the Nile delta from Suez west past Alexandria, Egypt. Noted features include: "Lac Mareotis" (Lake Mariout or Maryut); the Isthmus of Suez and upper tip of the Gulf of Suez; "Rosette" (Rosetta, the location of the discovery of the archaeologically important rock stele known as the Rosetta Stone.)

From Bellin's Le Petit Atlas Maritime .Tome III, No. 89.

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: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Good.  On strong laid paper with slight age-toning. Wide margins

COLORING: Original outline and wash hand color.


SIZE: 6 " x 8 "


PRICE: $250


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