"Carte des Variations de la Boussole et des Vents Generaux que l'on Trouve dans les Mers les Plus Frequentees...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1765 (dated)
Publication: Hydrographie Francoise
Color: Hand Color
34.7 x 21.7 inches
88.1 x 55.1 cm
This handsome, large-scale map on Mercator's projection stretches from California to Japan and focuses on the French spheres of influence in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The emphasis of the map is on magnetic variations and wind directions, which are depicted with tiny windheads scattered throughout the map. The continents are shown without political information, and the northwest coast of North America and the southeastern coast of Australia are incomplete. Includes a large decorative title cartouche featuring the French crown surmounting a globe that occupies the Asian continent, and an explanatory cartouche fills the South Pacific. Contains the Seal of the Depot de la Marine, indicating a later issue.
References: Phillips (Atlases) #590-2.
On watermarked paper with several fold separations closed on verso with archival material and light surface soil.