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.

French hydrographer Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was born in Paris and educated as an engineer. In 1741, Bellin became the first Ingénieur de la Marine of the Depot des cartes et plans de la Marine (the French Hydrographical Office) and was named Official Hydrographer of the French King. Bellin's largest and most comprehensive work is the Petit Atlas Maritime with 581 charts that cover the coasts and important port cities of the known world. The "Petit Atlas Maritime Recueil De Cartes et Plans Des Quatre Parties Du Monde" was probably the best compilation of plans of maritime towns and harbors of its time. Tome I No. 39.

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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