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