Auction 137, Lot 439

"Carte Reduite de l'Isle de la Jamaique pour Servir aux Vaisseaux du Roy…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Jamaica

Period: 1753 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise…

Color: Hand Color

34.5 x 21.5 inches
87.6 x 54.6 cm

Superb, large-scale sea chart of Jamaica centered on an eight-point compass rose and politically divided into parishes. The map includes remarkable detail with scores of place names and safe anchorages along the coast plus mountains, roads, personal estates, watershed and other details in the interior. It extends to show part of the southern coast of Cuba and the western tip of Hispaniola (Haiti). A large decorative rococo-style cartouche further enhances the chart. The seal of the Depot de la Marine is at lower left with Prix trente Sols below the neatline.

References: Kapp (MCC-42) #66.

Condition: A

Light toning in blank margins.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/14/2011