Pacific Shore Maps
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
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.