Auction 139, Lot 335

"Carte Reduite pour la Navigation de Cayenne a la Martinique…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Lesser Antilles and Northern South America

Period: 1764 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise…

Color: Hand Color

29 x 21.3 inches
73.7 x 54.1 cm

This is a fabulous large chart of the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America. It focuses on the route between the French colonies of Cayenne (Guiana) and Martinique. The map extends from the Virgin Islands to the coast of South America and includes a detailed inset map of the entrance to Cayenne harbor with its important fort and sugar plantations. Obscuring the interior region is an elaborate, rococo cartouche. This is an early edition without the Depot de la Marine seal.


Condition: A

There are a couple of minute worm holes along centerfold at top, still a near fine example with wide original margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/15/2012