Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Antique Original Map


Carte du Golphe du Mexique et des Isles de l'Amerique


Original mid 18th-century French map of the Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, coastline with the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, Caribbean islands and Antilles.

Framed, glazed, and double matted. Size with frame 20" x 17".

This original antique map by Nicolas Bellin contains the tracks of explorers including Cortez, Ponce de leon, and the lesser-known Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, an early explorer of Mexco's Yucatan peninsula.

Published in a French edition of L'Abbe Prevost's "Histoire Générale des Voyages". Tome 12, No. 1.

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: Caribbean Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Matted and framed. One small brown area bottom left. Two vertical folds and one horizontal fold as issued. Wood frame with a few nicks and scratches as as shown. Engraving has been examined out of frame. On laid paper with a touch of age-toning.



SIZE: 15 " x 11 "




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