Auction 146, Lot 434

"Carte de la Mer d'Allemagne Contenant les Bancs Isles et Costes Comprises Depuis Bergen et les Isles Schetland Jusques au Pas de Calais", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: North Sea

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication: La Neptune Francois…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
33.5 x 24 inches
85.1 x 61 cm

Fine, large sea chart of the North Sea and Skagerrak (Mer de Dannemark) and adjacent coastlines. Includes the Shetland and Orkney Islands. Superb detail throughout especially of the mud flats of North, East, and West Frisia, the sands in the Channel, and the mouth of the Thames. The chart is oriented with north to the left with two unusual and very beautiful compass roses, one incorporating the sun symbol of Louis XIV. 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 #5.

Condition: A

A fine impression on heavy, watermarked paper, with some minor off-setting within the image and a tiny, archivally-repaired tear that just enters the neatline at top right.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/4/2013

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