Auction 166, Lot 354

"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

34.6 x 22.1 inches
87.9 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 engraved stamp of the Depot de la Marine appears at bottom left, with the price below the neatline: Prix trente Sols. The meticulous topographical and nautical details make this one of the major 18th century maps of Martinique.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with light toning along the centerfold and archival repairs to separations along the centerfold and a few small holes in unengraved areas of the map.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/14/2018