Very attractive sea chart of the region from Korea and Japan through New Guinea. Several coastal towns are noted, but little is depicted in the interior. Japan is shown in Bellin's distinctive style, and there is good detail of the islands of Indonesia. The chart is centered around a striking compass rose with radiating rhumb lines and is further decorated with a delicately engraved title cartouche.

Excellent hand colour

Very good condition

code : M3456

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1746 Paris

Size : 30*31 cms

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Jacques-Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and prolific French cartographers of the mid-eighteenth century, in the service of the French Hydrographical Office. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also Official Hydrographer to the French King.

Bellin was responsible for an enormous output of charts and maps. In a large folio format, he issued a volume of sea-charts of France, the Neptune Francois, and several sea-atlases of the World, including the Atlas Maritime and the Hydrographie Francaise. These large charts were amongst the best of the period and continued being reissued throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.

In smaller format, he issued the Petit Atlas Maritime (1764),which contained 580 detailed charts, as well as maps to illustrate l'Abbe Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages (1746-1757). Bellin also produced a substantial number of important separately issued maps, particularly reflecting continuing discoveries and political events in the Americas.