Bellin's magnificent chart of the northern Atlantic ("Western") Ocean, with a dramatic compass rose at its center and superbly decorative title cartouche, from Prevost d'Exiles' influential collection of travel narratives, Histoire Generale des Voyages. The map encompasses eastern North America, all of the West Indies, and northern South Ameirca, and on the other side of the ocean, the southern British Isles, western Europe and the bulge of western Africa.Very good hand colour.Folds .Very good condition. SOLD

code : M2068

Cartographer : Jacques-Nicolas BELLIN

Date : 1750c Paris

Size : 33*46cms

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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.