"Carte de l'Isle de la Martinique", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1758 (dated)
Publication: l' Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
11.9 x 7.8 inches
30.2 x 19.8 cm
Delicately detailed map of the island showing mountains, roads, towns, forts, anchorages and dozens of place names. Exhibiting fine coastal detail, the chart locates Sac Marin, Bourg de la Rivieree Pilote, Se. Luce, Fort Royal, Fort S. Pierre, the Pitons du Vauclain, roads, watershed, graphic topography, shoals and anchorages. Decorated with a rococo-style cartouche and fleur-de-lys incorporating a distance scale, fully hand colored.
On a very thin sheet of hand laid paper with wide margins. A little toning at edge of right margin and a printer's crease across lower border, still very good.