Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

1765

Carte des Variations de la Boussole

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Carte des Variations de la Boussole et des Vents Generaux Que l'on Trouve dans les plus Frequentees. Dresse au Depot des Carte de la Marine pour le Service des Vaisseaux du Roy.

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Spectacularly decorative antique nautical map of the World from the 'Hydrographie francoise' by Jacques Bellin. Displays compass variation and prevailing wind direction across the globe. Australia is shown with only a partial coastline as "Terres Australis" or "Nouvelle Hollande" and the U.S. Pacific Northwest with no coastal detail.

Winds are represented as small cherubs with puffed cheeks. Huge rococo cartouche at right is decorated with cornucopia and numerous floral elements; capped with a crowned globe bearing the three fleur-de-lis that have been an emblem on the French coat of arms from the 14th century. This antique map of the world was produced by J.N. Bellin, the first French "Ingenieur de la Marine" towards the end of his career in 1765. The dedicatory cartouche to the Minister of War, the Duke de Choiseul, is as much a tribute to Bellin as to the minister as it lists his several accomplishments: "Ingenieur de la Marine", "Censeur Royal de l'Academie de Marine et de la Societe Royale de Londres".

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1765

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: World

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CONDITION: Very Good  Strong and very dark impression on thick wove paper with visible platemark all around. At least 1 inch margin on all sides. Several repaired tears in margin. Only one tear intrudes past the neat line and would not be noticed when matted.

COLORING: Modern outline and wash hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 34 " x 22 "

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PRICE: $


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