Auction 125, Lot 372

"Carte Reduite des Isles Antilles Dressee au Depost des Cartes et Plans de la Marine…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Lesser Antilles

Period: 1758 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.3 x 34.5 inches
56.6 x 87.6 cm

This handsome, large-scale sea chart on two joined sheets covers the region from the Virgin Islands to Grenada and Tobago in great detail. Two large floral cartouches; one encloses the title and the other is an inset of the Virgin Islands. Two vignettes at upper left illustrate the approach to Saint-Eustache. Rhumb lines, a compass rose, and minute navigational details make this a superb example of the fine marine cartography for which Bellin was renowned.

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Condition: A

Fine impression and lovely later color on a sheet of very sturdy paper. Near fine, but for some faint toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/24/2008

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