Attractive and detailed chart of the Bay of Bengal. Cartouche. Large central compass rose.

Schley re-engraved Bellin’s maps for this Dutch edition of the Abbé Reynal’s ‘Atlas portatif pour servir à l’intelligence de l’histoire philosophique et politique des établissements et du commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes’

Excellent hand colour

Slight attractive age toning

Very good condition

code : M4683

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1740 Paris

Size : 22.5*27.5 cms

availability : Available

Price : £120

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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.