Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Hydrographie Francoise (Title Page)

Hydrographie Francoise. Recueil des cartes marines dressees au Depot des Cartes, Plans, et Journaux.

DESCRIPTION: Gorgeous copperplate re-strike engraving of the title page to Bellin's sea-atlas, the Hydrographie Francoise. With the circular stamp of the Depot de la Marine. Undated. Price One and one-half francs. No. 1.

We believe the engraving is an early 20th century re-strike from the original copper plate produced at the French Chalcographie du Louvre. La Chalcographie du Louvre is a repository, consisting of more that 13,000 original plates from the Louvre's archives, housed upstairs above the Louvre's Paris galleries . Upon request visitors can have an engraving produced from the original plate on museum-quality paper by a master printer. V.196.

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.  Beautiful craftsmanship and excellent condition set this specimen near the top. A true work of art. On thick strong wove paper with no flaws.



SIZE: 15 " x 20 "


PRICE: $400


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