"Carte Reduite des Costes Occidentales d'Afrique depuis l'Equateur jusqu'au Vingtieme Degre de Latitude Meridionale…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1754 (dated)
Publication: L'Hydrographie Francoise…
Color: Hand Color
21.5 x 35 inches
54.6 x 88.9 cm
This is a large, striking sea chart of the southwestern coast of Africa. It covers the coast from the equator to 20° S latitude; Gabon (with Sao Tome and Principe) to Namibia. The chart provides a wealth of information including anchorages, forts, villages, navigational hazards. The Skeleton Coast is marked as unknown (Coste n'est pas connue). It is a handsome chart with rhumb lines, a decorative compass rose and an exquisite title cartouche. The Depot de la Marine seal and prix. trente sols is at lower right.
There is some light toning at paper edges, still very fine.