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 .

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. The Petit Atlas Maritime Recueil De Cartes et Plans Des Quatre Parties Du Monde is probably the best compilation of plans of maritime towns and harbors of its time. Tome III No 88.

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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