Auction 127, Lot 377

"Carte Reduite du Golphe du Mexique et des Isles de l'Amerique…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1757 (circa)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise…

Color: Hand Color

31.5 x 21.3 inches
80 x 54.1 cm

This large, impressive chart of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean shows the Florida Peninsula as a maze of islands. The map was clearly meant to facilitate sailing, with loxodromic lines, the locations of safe anchorages, navigational hazards and the directions of major currents. A lovely cartouche fills the upper right, with the color key underneath. Second state, as noted in the cartouche with the last part of the date excised. But this issue is without the seal of the Depot de la Marine or price and is not noted by Tooley.

References: cf Tooley (MCC-96) #747.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 2/25/2009