Auction 129, Lot 385

"Carte Reduite de l'Isle de Cube Dressee au Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, pour le Service des Vaisseaux du Roy par Ordre de Mle. Duc de Choiseul…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1762 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise

Color: Hand Color

34.3 x 22.2 inches
87.1 x 56.4 cm

Superb, large sea chart covering all of Cuba with the Florida Keys and the southern Bahamas from Bimini eastward. The map is filled with topographical information, towns, roads, and forts. The hydrographical information includes inlets, soundings, anchorages, routes of navigation, shoals and navigational hazards. The large title cartouche features a serpent and a fierce crocodile. This important map was reproduced on a 1973 Cuban postage stamp. This is an early edition with the Sun King symbol at lower right.

References: Cueto #44; Sellers & Van Ee #1780.

Condition: B+

Near fine, but for a couple minor repairs along the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 9/23/2009