Auction 126, Lot 771

"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.


Condition: A+

There is some light toning at paper edges, still very fine.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 12/3/2008