1770 Nicholas Bellin Map of the World

1770 Nicholas Bellin  Map of the World
1770 Nicholas Bellin  Map of the World 1770 Nicholas Bellin  Map of the World 1770 Nicholas Bellin  Map of the World
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Title: “Planisphere Suivant la Projection de Mercator”

Cartographer: Nicholas Bellin

Date and Place: 1770; Paris

Publisher: Abbe Prevost

Reference: Atlas accompanying Prevost’s Histoire des Voayages

Dimensions & Type: 8 x 13 inches (20  x 33 cm) ; Centerfold, as issued. Copper plate engraved chart. Later outline color, very professionally done.

Condition: VG+ a clean example and a strong strike with plate marks evident

Description:

No indication of engraver, but likely Andre.  Upper left outside border: “Livre  I et suivant” .  At the right side: “No. 2".

Attractive world map with evidence that exploration was making it more known.  Bellin still has “Terre van Diemen” attached to the Australian  continent.  The NW, Arctic and Aleutians very conjectural.  Several Pacific islands reported by the Spanish ( but never verified) shown. No Hawaiian Islands

No Antarctica either,  though what would become South Sandwich island is here.  Japan approaching accuracy, bu the Kuriles  are a small cluster of islands, the largest of which is aptly named “La Seduction isle”.

In North America, a few cities along the east coast named but  in the west (N. Mexique) only Santa Fe makes the map. West coast a blank except for Cape Mendecino and the notation “Californie’ along the Baja Peninsula.

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