"Carte Reduite de l'Isle de Cube Dressee au Depot des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, pour le Service des Vaisseaux du Roy par Ordre de Mle. Duc de Choiseul…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1762 (dated)
Publication: Hydrographie Francoise
Color: Black & White
35.3 x 22.6 inches
89.7 x 57.4 cm
Superb, large sea chart covering all of Cuba with the Florida Keys and the southern Bahamas from Bimini eastward. The map is filled with topographical information, towns, roads, and forts. The hydrographical information includes inlets, soundings, anchorages, routes of navigation, shoals and navigational hazards. The large title cartouche features a serpent and a fierce crocodile. This important map was reproduced on a 1973 Cuban postage stamp.
References: Cueto #44; Sellers & Van Ee #1780.
A nice impression on paper with a double-headed eagle watermark, faint offsetting at bottom right, and a hint of toning along the centerfold and edges of the sheet. There are are few minor spots of foxing and light damp stains in the bottom corners of the sheet, well away from the image.