Auction 145, Lot 419

"Carte Generale des Costes de l'Europe sur l'Ocean Comprises Depuis Dronthem en Norvege Jusques au Detroit de Gibraltar", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: North Atlantic

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication: La Neptune Francois…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
33.8 x 23.5 inches
85.9 x 59.7 cm

Superb sea chart of the western Atlantic covering from the Barbary coast of Africa to Iceland and the Norwegian coast, thus including the whole British Isles. The chart includes a rare reference to the Kimmen Line, which indicates a depth of 100 fathoms from Denmark to just west of the Shetland Isles, north of Scotland. Rhumb lines radiate across the chart and two compass roses orient north to the left. Beautifully engraved by Herman van Loon. This is a Depot de la Marine issue with the seal and the price (Prix trente Sols) below the title.

References: Pastoureau, NEPTUNE FRANCAIS D #1.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on heavy, watermarked paper with light soiling, a few small pencil marks, and faint damp stains confined to top blank margin.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/12/2013

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