Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

1764

Plan des Ports et Ville d'Alexandrie

Antique chart and plan of the ports and town of Alexandria, Egypt

DESCRIPTION: This fine maritime chart / plan shows the ancient walled town of Alexandria, Egypt on the North African coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The plan includes both the old port and to the east, the new port.

Includes a representation of Pompey's Pillar. The "Colonne de Pompee" is a 30-meter tall monolithic Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Egypt, and the largest of its type constructed outside the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. Numerous soundings, hazards,and anchorages attest to the nautical nature of this plan. From Bellin's Le Petit Atlas Maritime .

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 is probably the best compilation of plans of maritime towns and harbors of its time. Tome III No. 86.

CREATOR: Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

PUBLICATION DATE: 1764

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Egypt

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Good.  On strong laid paper with slight age-toning. Wide margins

COLORING: Original outline and wash hand color.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 6 " x 8 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 6

PRICE: $250


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