Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Neat French antique map of St. Augustine, Florida and harbor.

Plan du Port de St. Augustin dans la Floride.

DESCRIPTION: Fine small French navigation chart of the port and harbour of St. Augustine, Florida ca. 1764 from Bellin's "Petit Atlas Maritime". Anastasia Island, directly offshore the harbor is titled "Isle de Matance ou St. Anastasie". Shows the entrance to the harbor encircled by shallow sand-banks with a tower ("balise") serving as a navigational aid. Other features noted by Bellin include an "Eglise des Indiens" or church for native americans; the fort- Castillo de San Marcos; a monastery; the "Riviere Diego" now the Tolomato River; and "Riviere St. Sebastien" .

From J.N. Bellin's master work Le Petit Atlas Maritime . North is oriented to the top. Uncolored. Tome I, No. 39.

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: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very Good.  On strong laid paper with slight age-toning at edges. Stout.



SIZE: 7 " x 9 "


PRICE: $400


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