Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Antique plan of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plan de la Ville de Buenos-Ayres

DESCRIPTION: Early French map or plan of Buenos Aires, Argentina along the western shore of the estuary of the Plate River (Rio de la Plata) in South America. By important French cartographer Nicolas Bellin. North is oriented to the upper left. Named features on this early colonial-period map include:
  • Maison de Ville
  • Le Fort containing the governor's lodgings, the chapel, and guard's quarters.
  • Convent de la Merci
  • l'Hopital
  • Convent de S. Domingue
  • Maison des Jesuites
  • Maison de l'Eveque
  • Eglise de St. Jean hors de la Ville
Published in a French edition of L'Abbe Prevost's "Histoire Générale des Voyages". Tome 14, No. 2.

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: Plate River

CONDITION: Good.  Two vertical folds as issue. Clean on chain-laid paper. Good wide margins. Light foxing.



SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $200


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