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Auction 135, Lot 353

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

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1749 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise…

Color: Hand Color

32.4 x 21.3 inches
82.3 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. In this edition Bellin's address has been removed from the imprint, but it does not have the seal of the Depot de la Marine or price of the second state and is not noted by Tooley.

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

Condition: A

Sharp impression and original color, printed on sturdy paper. There is a tiny fold separation, well away from the map.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 2/16/2011