Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique map with Iran, India, and Yemen

Carte des Costes de Perse, Guzarat, et Malabar. Tiree de la Carte Francoise de l'Ocean Oriental. Publiee en 1740, par Ordre de Msgr. Le Comte de Maurepas …

DESCRIPTION: Attractive and highly decorative antique map of the Malabar coast of India, the Arabian Sea, and the coasts of Yemen, Iran, and Pakistan. Includes a good depiction of the Maldive Islands and the Laccadive Islands. Numerous noted locations include Surat, Bombay (Mumbai), Rajapor, Goa, Kalikoet (Calicut, now Kozhikode), Madura, and Cape Comorin.

Graphic title cartouche features a seahorse and a merman, with dragonfly-winged heads above. Legend at bottom left contains Dutch translations of many French geographical terms.

Re-engraved by von Schley after a French map by J.N. Bellin and published in Amsterdam in a Dutch edition of L'Histoire Generale des Voyages. Dutch title at bottom reads "Kaart van de Kusten van Persie, Guzaratte en Malabar…"

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: Indian Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Cleaned. Single horizontal fold with slight age toning. On strong laid paper with ample margins.


ENGRAVER: von Schley

SIZE: 8 " x 10 "


PRICE: $180


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