Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
1753

Carte Reduite de l'Ocean Meridional

Carte Reduite de l'Ocean Meridional Contenant Toutes les Costes de l'Amerique …

DESCRIPTION: Antique French nautical chart of the southern Atlantic Ocean with most of the South American continent and southwest Africa. Features the full extent of the Amazon River, likely based on the exploration by French explorer Charles Marie de La Condamine. Condamine led the first scientific exploration of the Amazon River in 1743, publishing his results with a map of the Amazon in the memoirs of the French Académie des Sciences in 1745. Large decorative title cartouche dedicates the chart to M. Rouille, Minister and Sceretary of State to the French Department de Marine.

The Falkland Islands, off the east coast of Patagonia, are described as "Isle Nouvelles". In this chart East and West Falkland Islands are conjoined and the far west coastline is not defined. This reflects the fact that the island group was not discovered until 1690 and the town of Port Louis was not settled until Louis de Bougainville established it as the first French settlement on the island in 1764.

Published by Bellin with the title of "Ingeneur de la Marine" from Paris at "Rue de Doyenne pre la Rue St. Thomas du Louvre". At that time although Bellin had a relationship with the French Depot de la Marine he also published charts privately under his own name.

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1753

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: South America

BODY OF WATER: South Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  On heavy wove paper. Clean with one small repaired tear in the margin. No major condition issues. Ample margins for framing.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 34 " x 21 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 51

PRICE: $555

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