Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Carte de la Coste Occidentale d'Afrique

Carte de la Coste Occidentale d'Afrique Depuis le Cap Blanc Jusqu'a a Tanit

DESCRIPTION: Small chart of the African coast near the bay of Arguim (Arguin) from the Dutch version of Prevost's widely published history originally engraved by Bellin. This copperplate, engraved by J.V. Schley., shows the African coast with both French and Dutch place names. Highlights the island of Arguim which was the site of an important Portuguese trading post / slave fort from which as many as 1000 slaves may have been sold each year.

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




CONDITION: Very good  

COLORING: Outline coloring.

ENGRAVER: Schley, J.V.

SIZE: 6 " x 9 "


PRICE: $110


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