Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Plan of the Fortress and Town of Le Havre France

Plan de la Ville et Citadelle du Havre [France]

DESCRIPTION: Fine engineer's grade "Plan of the Fortress and Town of Le Havre France". Le Havre lies in France's Normandy region. Shows a Vauban-style fortress, adapted to defend against sustained attack by artillery. By J.N. Bellin 1764 from his Petit Atlas Maritime. Tome 5 No 32.

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.  Clean on old laid paper with a hint of age-toning.

COLORING: Fine hand-color in a distinctive style often seen with the Petit Atlas Maritime.


SIZE: 7 " x 9 "


PRICE: $220


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