Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique engraved chart of the anchorage at Aboukir Bay

Rade de Bequier

DESCRIPTION: This colorful antique French chart shows the anchorage ("Mouillage des Vaisseaux") and waters near the "Fort du Bequier" and "Isle du Bequier" at Aboukir ("Bequier"), Egypt. Aboukir lies north of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea coast of North Africa.

Aboukir Bay was the site where British Admiral Horatio Nelson fought the naval Battle of the Nile on August 1, 1798 also referred to as the "Battle of Aboukir Bay". Ironically, the French were badly defeated by the British at the battle in part because the British had better information about water depth in the area.

From Bellin's Le Petit Atlas Maritime .

Tome III, No 88.

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 light age-toning. Wide margins. A few random tiny pinholes in the margins only.

COLORING: Original outline and wash hand color.


SIZE: 6 " x 8 "


PRICE: $265


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