Catalog Archive
Auction 157, Lot 398

"Carte Reduite de l'Isle de la Martinique Dressee au Depost des Cartes Plans et Journaux de la Marine...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Martinique

Period: 1758 (dated)

Publication: Hydrographie Francoise...

Color: Hand Color

34.7 x 22.1 inches
88.1 x 56.1 cm

Superb, large scale, chart of the island filled with incredible detail. It shows roads, topography, soundings, villages, windmills, and plantations. A large inset "Plan du Cul de Sac Royal de la Martinique" is surrounded by a rococo cartouche, balanced by the floral title cartouche in the opposite corner. Rhumb lines and a compass rose complete the composition. The meticulous topographical and nautical details make this one of the major 18th century maps of Martinique.


Condition: B+

Heavy watermarked paper with very light soiling. The blue shadow along the centerfold is caused by our scanner and does not appear on the map itself.

Estimate: $550 - $700


Closed on 5/4/2016