"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
34.9 x 22.2 inches
88.6 x 56.4 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.
A nice example on paper with the watermark of "A Fin de D [heart] Tamizier Auvergne 1781." There is one small hole to the right of Galion Bay and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1.5" into chart at top. There is a faint blue shadow along the centerfold that is caused by our scanner and does not appear on the map itself.