"Carte du Spits-Berg Suivant les Hollandois pour Servir a l Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: Spitsbergen, Norway
Period: 1758 (dated)
Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
11.9 x 8.5 inches
30.2 x 21.6 cm
Copper engraved map of Spitsbergen (Svalbard) with the adjacent islands of Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayan. There is good detail of the rocks, shoals, regions of ice, and anchorages with notations concerning discoveries and explorations. A French-style decorative title cartouche, fleur-de-lis, and rhumb lines complete the chart.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with a hint of toning along the centerfold, some tiny spots of foxing primarily confined to the blank margins, and light toning along the edges of the sheet.