Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Nice French antique map of Saudi Arabia, Red Sea, Persian Gulf

Carte de la Coste d Arabie Mer Rouge et Golfe de Perse Tirée de la Carte Francoise de l'Océan Oriental publiée par Ordre de Mgr le Comte de Maurepas en 1740.

DESCRIPTION: Striking and beautifully engraved map of Arabia, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. Decorative compass rose and scroll-work title cartouche. The area shown on this fine original map is currently territory of these states: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman and more.

Published by Jacques Bellin by order of the Count de Maurepas (Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux 1701-1781) who served as France's Minister of Marine from 1723-1749. By his recommendations to Louis XVI delaying economic and administrative reforms, Maurepas was partially responsible for the governmental crises that led to the French Revolution.

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 that covered the coasts and important port cities of the known world.

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.  On heavy laid paper. Trace of binder's stub. Two vertical folds as issued. Evident platemark.



SIZE: 10 " x 8 "


PRICE: $320


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