"Carte des Costes de Portugal et de Partie d'Espagne Depuis le Cap de Finisterre Jusques au Detroit de Gibraltar", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1773 (published)
Publication: La Neptune Francois…
Color: Hand Color
34.6 x 23.3 inches
87.9 x 59.2 cm
This large-scale chart depicts the coastline of Portugal from the Strait of Gibraltar to Muros and Fisterra (Finisterre) in Spain. Key cities and river inlets are depicted along the coast, with numerous soundings, rocks, shoals, and anchorages shown. Decorative compass roses orient north to the left of the chart. Two large insets show Lisbon with the entrance to the Tejo River and Cadiz. Engraved by Hermann van Loon. This is a Depot de la Marine issue with the seal and the price (Prix trente Sols) in the bottom right corner.
References: Pastoureau, NEPTUNE FRANCAIS D #29.
Heavy, watermarked paper with light soiling, a couple of minor creases, and a faint damp stain along centerfold that enters 2" into map at bottom.