Large-scale attractive chart of the eastern coastline of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex, from Sheringham in the north extending south to the Isle of Thanet. The handsome sea chart is filled with navigational information at the entrance to the Thames River, including soundings, anchorages, shoals, etc. A large inset map shows the course of the Thames River from its entrance to London. Two large compass roses orient north to the right.

Printed on very heavy as intended as a working chart. Some slight staining in top margin not really affecting map.

Very good condition.

Ref: Pastoureau, NEPTUNE FRANCAIS C; Shirley (BL Atlases) M.NEP-1b.

code : M3165

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1753 Paris

Size : 46*90

availability : Available

Price : £250

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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.