"Carte Reduite pour la Navigation de Cayenne a la Martinique", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Lesser Antilles and Northern South America
Period: 1764 (dated)
Publication: Hydrographie Francoise
Color: Hand Color
29 x 21.5 inches
73.7 x 54.6 cm
This is a fabulous large chart of the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America. It focuses on the route between the French colonies of Cayenne (Guiana) and Martinique. The map extends from the Virgin Islands to the coast of South America and includes a detailed inset map of the entrance to Cayenne harbor with its important fort and sugar plantations. Obscuring the interior region is an elaborate, rococo cartouche. This is an early edition without the Depot de la Marine seal.
There are a couple tiny worm holes at centerfold, still a very fine example with wide original margins.