Auction 130, Lot 792

"Carte Generale de la Coste de Guinee Depuis la Riviere de Sierra Leona jusqu'au Cap de Lopes Gonsalvo…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1750 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographique Francais

Color: Hand Color

34.5 x 21.5 inches
87.6 x 54.6 cm

This a large and striking sea chart of the western coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Lopez. Six coastal views and a huge decorative title cartouche fill the interior. The chart is engraved with minute detail including anchorages, navigational hazards, soundings, forts, settlements, and watering places. Bellin, attached to the Depot de la Marine, became hydrographer to the King and a member of the Royal Society of London. He was commissioned to map all the known coasts of the world, resulting in the maps of this superb atlas.

References: Phillips (A) #587.

Condition: A

Full modern color over beautifully engraved image on thick paper. Original margins with a little soiling along some edges. Folded, as issued.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $170

Closed on 12/2/2009