"Carte Reduite des Costes Occidentales d'Afrique Depuis l'Equateur Jusqu'au Vingtieme Degre de Latitude Meridionale...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1754 (dated)
Publication: L'Hydrographie Francoise…
Color: Hand Color
21.6 x 35.2 inches
54.9 x 89.4 cm
This large, striking sea chart of the southwestern coast of Africa covers the coast from the equator to 20° S latitude; Gabon (with Sao Tome and Principe) to Namibia. It provides a wealth of information including anchorages, forts, villages, and navigational hazards. The Skeleton Coast is marked as unknown (Coste n'est pas connue). The handsome chart features rhumb lines, a decorative compass rose, and an exquisite title cartouche. The Depot de la Marine seal and Prix. trente Sols is at lower right.
On watermarked paper with a couple of small paper flaws that have been repaired with archival materials on verso. In the blank margins, centerfold separations at left and right and a short edge tear have been closed with archival materials.