"Carte Reduite du Golphe du Mexique et des Isles de l'Amerique...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean
Period: 1782 (circa)
Color: Black & White
31.7 x 21 inches
80.5 x 53.3 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 a color key underneath to identify the possessions of the French, Spanish, English, Dutch and Danish, however this issue is uncolored. 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.
A nice impression on a sturdy sheet of wide-margined paper with large watermarks. There is light soiling and some scattered foxing.